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_ AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER _ 

Volume 36, Number 2_ GREENEELT, MARYLAND _Thursday, November 30, 1972 


WHAT GOES ON 

Friday, Dec, 1, 7-10 p.m. Festi 
val of Lights 

Sat., Dec. 2, 1-10 p.m. Festival of 
Lights 

Sunday, Der. 3, 1-5 p.m. Festi¬ 
val of Lights 

3:30 p.m. Paint Branch Pro- 
Musica Medieval Concert 
Mon., Dec. 4, 8 p.ni. City Council 
Meeting, Municipal Building 
Tues., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. P.T.A Meet¬ 
ing, Center School 
7:30 p.m. P.TA. Meeting, North 
End Holiday Program, 

Dec. 5, 6 3 p.m. Children's tree 
trimming workshop Library 


According to the WSSC, con¬ 
struction of the pumping station 
will probably not be completed until 
after the treatment plant is opera¬ 
tional, therefore, the latter stipula¬ 
tion could not immediately go into 
effect. In this event a holding pond 
would be used in the interim as a 
safety measure. 


ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 

With this issue, the News 
Review is celebrating its 35th 
birthday. Despite overburdened 
editors, uncertain finances, fre¬ 
quent changes of personnel, and 
a libel suit, the paper has been 
coming out faithfully once a 
week for 35 years. 

To mark the occasion, this 
week's issue contains a special 
supplement featuring selected 
articles, columns, editorials, and 
letters from past issues that had 
more than passing interest. Since 
a similar selection appeared in 
our 30th anniversary issue, those 
appearing here mainly represent 
the last 5 years. 


S0CC ASKS AID 

The Greenbelt Save Our Com¬ 
munity Committee (SOCC) is seek¬ 
ing urgently needed funds for its 
appeal of the Prince Georges Cir¬ 
cuit Court ruling on the Greenbriar 
apartments special exception zon¬ 
ing decision. 

Chairman Thomas X. White asks 
that donations be deposited in the 
SOCC account at Twin Pines Sav¬ 
ings & Loan, in the Greenbelt Cen¬ 
ter Mall. Alternatively, contribu¬ 
tions may be mailed or delivered 
to White's home at 8 Woodland 
Way, Greenbelt. 


AGENDA 

REGULAR MEETING OF 
CITY COUNCIL 
Monday, Dec. 4, 1972 
8:00 P.M. 

I ORGANIZATION 

1 Call to Order 

2 Roll Call 

3 Meditation 

Pledge of Allegiance to 
the Flag 

4 Minutes of Regular Meet¬ 
ing of November 20, 1972 
Minutes of Special Meet¬ 
ing of November 27, 1972 

5 Additions to Agenda by 
Couneilmen and Manager 

II COMMUNICATIONS 

6 Petitions and Requests 

7 Administrative Reports 

8 Committee Reports 

III OLD BUSINESS 

9 An Ordinance to Make 
Additional Appropriations 
in the Capital Improve¬ 
ment Fund in the Amount 
of $91,000 Thereby Mak¬ 
ing Total Appropriations 
for this Fund Amount to 
$1,040,400 - Second Reading 

10 Largo Sports Arena 

IV NEW BUSINESS 

11 An Ordinance to Amend 
Secton 3-9 of the Greenbelt 
City Code in Order to 
Remove the Requirement 
that Cats and Other Ani¬ 
mal Pets Shall be Confined 
at all Times to the Prem¬ 
ises of the Owner except 
when under the Direct and 
Immediate Control of a 
Responsible Person - First 
Reading- 

12 An Ordinance to Add a 
New Section 5-A "Revenue 
Sharing Fund” of Chapter 
8 "Finance and Taxation” 
of the Greenbelt City Code 
to Provide for the Receiv¬ 
ing, Disbursing and Tem¬ 
porary Investing of Funds 
Received from the United 
States of America under 
the Fiscal Assistance to 
State and Local Govern¬ 
ments Act of 1972 - 1st 
Reading 

13 Amendment to Job Clas¬ 
sification Plan 

14 Advisory Board Reports 

15 Change of Meeting Dates 

16 Special Holiday 

V MISCELLANEOUS 


OLD TOPICS VIE FOR ATTENTION 
AT MONDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING 

by Bob McGee 

The Greenbelt city council handled a long, feisty agenda, at 
ite regular meeting, Monday, November 20, about as easily as a 
buzz saw cutting through butter. Only a few spots were left to 
clean up at the next meeting, yet everyone, including couneilmen 
and audience, seemed to have been heard. Key items were the 
formation of a Youth Advisory Council, the amendment of the 
city code to provide for the location and maintenance of large size 
refuse containers, and action to inform appropriate county agen¬ 
cies of the city’s position in regard to the proposed revision of the 
Ten-Year Water and Sewer plan to permit a temporary sewage 
plant to serve Greenbriar, in regard to the potential development 
of the Agricultural Research Center, and in reference to the prop¬ 
erty tax differential bill. 


In an effort to get at further 
control of a large trash receptacle 
which serves a local apartment 
building, and which has repeatedly 
been in the news in recent months 
because of objections by neighbors 
to the way it has been maintained, 
council passed an ordinance which 
provides for the location and main¬ 
tenance of refuse and garbage con¬ 
tainers. 

City manager James Giese point¬ 
ed out that the ordinance does not 
force the owner to keep the con¬ 
tainer clean, but it was apparent 
that council felt it had finally 
dumped this particular load of trash 
for awhile. 

Youth Council Formed 

In somewhat of a surprise vote, 
council authorized the formation of 
a Greenbelt Youth Advisory Coun¬ 
cil. Councilwoman Elizabeth Maf- 

niy~tiaci introduced the matter, but, 
in response to questions, had not 
developed any background informa¬ 
tion on the topic. "I just think it's 
a good idea,” she said. She was 
supported in her view by Ben Ho- 
genson, 53 Ridge Road, who stated 
that such a body worked quite well 
in California where he had previous¬ 
ly lived. 

Mike McMahon, 27A Ridge, said 
that he had served on the last 
Greenbelt Youth Council and sug¬ 
gested that it had died a slow death 
because it was too large and be¬ 
cause it was not given a real mean¬ 
ingful job to do. He recommended 
that council explore the matter fur¬ 
ther before voting to establish a 
new body. The other comments 
semed to be along this line — that 
it’s a good idea, but bears further 
exploration — but when the question 
was called, council voted unani¬ 
mously to establish a Youth Coun¬ 
cil. 

Greenbriar Plant 

Council Council Bill 191 provides 
for the annual revision of the Ten 
Year Water and Sewer plan and, 
of significance to Green belters, 
changes the plan to provide for a 
temporary sewage treatment plant 
to serve the Greenbriar develop¬ 
ment until such time as the West¬ 
ern Branch sewage treatment plant 
is expanded. 

Manager Giese stated that coun ¬ 
cil has considered the matter of a 
temporary sewage treatment plant 
for this development on sever ll pre¬ 
vious occasions and in Resolution 
No. 229, established a position 
which he felt would cover the pro 


sent situation. He suggested that 
he simply write a letter to the 
county council and other appropri 
ate agencies pointing out this pri¬ 
or position. 

(In that resolution the council 
requested the County Council to not 
amend the ten year plan to provide 
for a point of discharge for the 
Greenbriar temporary sewage plant 
unless it has received assurances 
from all responsible county and 
state agencies that the effluent 
from tlie plant would not constitute 
a health or ecological risk; and 
that, if approval were to be given, 
it be conditioned upon stipulations 

See CITY COUNCIL p 4, col 1 

Greenbriar Offers Te 

Abide by Conditions 

The campaign to get county ap¬ 
proval of an on-site temporary 
sewage treatment plant for the 
Greenbriar apartment complex 
moved into high gear last week as 
the developer, Greenbriar Associ¬ 
ates, tried to convince doubters that 
health requirements will be met. 

The developer has already agreed 
to conditions recommended by the 
Prince Georges county council un¬ 
der which package sewage treat¬ 
ment plants may be allowed in the 
county. Additionally, in a letter 
dated November 21, 1972 to county 
health officer Dr. Perry Stearns, 
Greenbriar consultant Dr. John T. 
Cookson, Jr., outlined twelve con¬ 
ditions that he had "been authorized 
by the developer to commit him to 
perform.” These conditions are sub¬ 
stantially the same as the ones 
recommended by Dr. Stearns in his 
February14, 1972 letter to the coun¬ 
ty, including the city’s recommen¬ 
dations that the effluent will be en¬ 
closed in a pipe to a point in the 
stream where there is a continuous 
year-round flow of water. 

Dr. Stearns, who opposed the 
plant in February, has indicated 
that his objections "on a health 
basis” could be overcome if the 
virus - inactivating processes re¬ 
cently proposed by the developer 
and the stipulations set down by 
his office and that of the city of 
Greenbelt are included in the con¬ 
struction requirements of the plant. 

Among the conditions are a re¬ 
cycling capability to be built into 
the plant; a double completely in¬ 
dependent - power supply, plant 
operation by the Washington Sub 
urban Sanitary Commission, virus 
destruction system and diversion of 
the incoming sewage in the case of 
malfunction into the Greenbriar 
Pumping Station as is done at the 
Landover Mall plant. 


1973 GHI Budget Takes Shape 
At Board Meeting on Nov. 21 

by AI Skolnik 

The Greenbelt Homes, Inc., board of directors almost had an 
approved budget at its November 21 meeting but at the last min¬ 
ute a hang-up developed over a request for allowing funds foi a 
planning engineer and over whether the board had been given 
timely notice of such a request. Nevertheless, the shape of the 
1973 budget was clearly outlined and final approval will be given 
the document at tonight’s (November 30) meeting of the board. 


The budget calls for an approx¬ 
imate average increase in total 
monthly charges of 7% percent — 
for the brick homes it will be a 
little more, and for the frame hom¬ 
es a little less. The increase would 
be effective January 1, 1973. 

In terms of operating costs 
(which exclude mortgage payments 
and use of reserve funds), the in¬ 
crease is roughly 9 percent or $162- 
000. The board was thus able to 
avoid the calling of a special mem¬ 
bership meeting to approve the bud¬ 
get (the GHI by-laws require that 
the membership must approve any 
increase in operating expenses of 
10 percent or more). 

Trim Paint Program Cut 

The major board cut in the bud¬ 
get was a reduction in the proposed 
catch-up work on the trim paint 
program. The paint program will 
resume its 5-year cycle (one-fifth 
of the homes painted each year — 
115 masonry and 200 frame) but 
deleted will be the stepped-up work 
involving another 55 masonry and 
130 frame units. This catch-up work 
has been proposed to make up for 
the elimination of the program for 
1971 and the late start in 1972. 

This decision involves a reduc¬ 
tion of $36,500 in the 1973 budget. 
Money allowed for the trim paint 
program now amounts to $59,850 of 
which $10,500 will come from last 
years left-over trim paint funds 
which were appropriated in the 1972 
budget but not used. 

New Personnel 

Offsetting this cut to some extent 
was a $10,000 addition to the bud¬ 
get to allow GHI to employ a di¬ 
rector of member relations — one 
, of the CMP management survey 
recommendations. This issue was 
the only one that found the board 
badly divided. Approving this item 
were directors James Smith, Dave 
Lange, Janet James, Tom White, 
and Norman Weyel. Opposed were 
Nat Shinderman, Don Volk, Tony 
Lynch, and Howard Brooks. 

The major reasons given for op¬ 
position were that the board had 
not clarified its thinking as to what 
the duties and scope of this posi¬ 
tion should be, where it would be 
located administratively, and its 
level of responsibility. The major¬ 
ity felt that money should be al¬ 
lowed in the budget so that GHI 
could move ahead this year when 
the board and the membership re¬ 
solve the issues involved in setting 
up this position. 

The question of allowing money 
in the budget for other positions 
that were recommended by the C- 
MP report kept recurring. Toward 
the end of the meeting a proposal 
by Lange to allow $12,500 for a 
planning engineer who would be 
able to help in the evaluation and 
initiation of a rehabilitation pro¬ 
gram was tabled until tonight's 

Paint Branch Pro-Musiea 
Medieval Concert Sunday 

As part of the launching weekend 
for the Greenbelt Festival of Lights, 
the Paint Branch Pro~Musica will 
present a concert of medieval 
music. The concert will take place 
this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the 
Youth Center, and will include a 
lighting of the Chanukah candles. 

The Festival officially begins Fri¬ 
day with a crafts show, which will 
offer for sale inexpensive handmade 
items including pottery, woven 
goods, decoupage, silver jewelry, 
crochet items, ornaments, leather 
craft, stained glass, wall hangings, 
posters, clothing and stuffed toys. 
More than forty craftsmen will 
participate. 

For young shoppers exclusively, 
the Children's Room will be open 
Saturday from one to eight p.m., 
and Sunday from one to five p.m. 
Offering inexpensive gifts the room 
will be in the studio of the Youth 
Center and will include craft acti¬ 
vities and music. 


meeting because of opposition from 
White and Lynch, who said they 
did not have enough time to eval¬ 
uate it. 

Other Budget Change^ 

Other changes in the budget were 
minimal. The board reduced the 
payroll by $1,540, to take into ac¬ 
count the likelihood that the new 
accountant for the fiscal depart¬ 
ment will not be recruited until la¬ 
ter in the year. It added $400 to 
membership meeting expenses to 
allow for extra meetings that will 
probably be called to discuss de¬ 
cisions on the CMP and TAA sur¬ 
veys. It decided to pay off the 15- 
year note to the city for Hillside/ 
Greenhill Road street improve¬ 
ments, thus eliminating yearly 
payments of $525 which are now 
charged to members. 

On the income side, the board 
approved the manager's recom¬ 
mendations that the charge to mem¬ 
bers for services not covered by 
the GHI contract be raised from $9 
to $9.50 an hour, that rental fees for 
the boat and trailer yards be hiked 
50 cents a month, and that the 
GHI fee for subleasing be raised 
from 5 to 7 percent of the monthly 
rent. 

Relief for the Elderly 

One sticky matter left for the 
board to handle concerns the de¬ 
ferral of increases in monthly char¬ 
ges for the low-income elderly and 
the disabled. At the December 9, 
1971 special membership meeting, 
the members approved a proposal 
for deferring the 1972 increase in 
monthly charges for a member who 
is 65 years of age or disabled and 
whose annual income is $2,400 or 
less ($3,600 for a family). The mem¬ 
ber must agree that the corpora¬ 
tion may apply the sum of such de¬ 
ferred increase in monthly charges 
against the selling price of the unit 
when the member leaves the cor¬ 
poration. An interest charge of 6 
percent per annum is tacked on 
to the deferred increase. To pay for 
this deferral, the monthly charges 
of all the members were increased 
by 25 cents. 

GHI manager Roy Breashears re 
ported to the board that 18 elderly 
persons have taken advantage of 
this measure, resulting in a defer¬ 
ral of $2,700 in charges. The money 
collected during 1972 from the 25 
cent charge was $5,000. Thus, GHI 
has sufficient money to about cov¬ 
er the 1972 deferrals throughout 
1973. 

The question unsettled is whether 
the board has authority to contin¬ 
ue the 1972 deferrals. If the board 
does not have such authority, then 
the 18 participants will have to pay 
higher charges in 1973 of more than 
20 perdent (the 7% percent increase 
in the 1973 charges and the 1972 
deferred increase of about 14 per¬ 
cent). Everyone agreed that such 
a combined increase could be dev¬ 
astating to this group. 


BIDS LET AGAIN FOR 
FDR HIGH SCHOOL 

Bids were again let last week for 
the construction of the new Frank¬ 
lin D. Roosevelt Senior High School 
which will be located on a 40-acre 
site occupying the western portion 
of the Smith Ewing North tract 
east of the Baltimore-Washington 
Parkway in Greenbelt. Sealed bids 
will be publicly opened at the of¬ 
fices of the Board of Education on 
Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. 

Two bids which were received 
during the first round of bidding in 
October were recently rejected by 
the Prince Georges County Board 
of Education. They were some 2 
million dollars over the estimated 
construction budget of 7.5 million 
dollars. No functional changes 
were made in the revised plans, 
but there were miscellaneous revis¬ 
ions such as the kind of brick 
work to be used. 











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GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW 


Thursday, November 30, 1912 


GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW 

_ __ AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER 

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STAFF 

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Kastner, Sid Kastner, Martha Kaufman, Barbara Bane, Dorothy Bauber, 
Barbara Likowski, Bob McGee, Robert McNamara, Pauline Pritzker, A1 Skol- 
mk, Blaine Skolnik, Dorothy Sucher. 

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474-2J576, SHli Circulation: Barbara Clawson, 474-4541. 

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Treas., Mary Granofsky; Barbara Bikowski. 

MAIB SUBSCRIPTIONS: $6.50 per year. Advertising and news articles may 
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Volume 36, Number 2 


Thursday, November 30, 1972 


Fairfax County Comments 
On Air Curtain Burning 

The following letter on the 
experience of Fairfax county 
with air curtain destructor op¬ 
erations was received by the city 
in response to the city council’s 
inquiry. 

Dear Mr. Giese: 

This is in response to your letter 
of November 14, 1972 regarding air 
curtain destructor operations in 
Fairfax County. 

We recognize that controlled 
burning leaves much to be desired 
from a strictly environmental point 
of view. However, the Board of Su 
pervisors also recognizes that the 
costs of land clearing is passed to 
the home buyer in the final analysis. 
In an attempt to keep the cost of 
home building down and still elim¬ 
inate open burning, we looked at 
various methods of waste reduction 
and comparable costs. With every 
thing considered, we selected the 
air curtain destructor method as the 
short-range solution to our particu¬ 
lar problem here in Fairfax Coun¬ 
ty. We point up that Fairfax Coun¬ 
ty is heavily wooded and develop 
ment is taking place rapidly. 

In answer to your questions, our 
experience indicates that the trench 
burner method is efficient and quite 
acceptable when properly conducted. 
Most of our problems can be attri¬ 
buted to improper operation, i.e., 
over- loading the pit above the air 
curtain, not cutting material to 
proper pit length, charging the pit 
by bulldozing, operating when air 
generating equipment is not prop¬ 
erly functioning, etc. One major 
problem is ash removal. We solved 
this problem by restricting the re 
moval of ash. We now require the 
operator to backfill the pit when 
the ash buildup becomes a problem 
and construct a new pit Again, in 
answer to your question, it is true 
that even when properly operated 
the air curtain destructor creates 
some smoke problems and does 
cause some pollution. There is al¬ 
ways a puff of smoke created when 
the pit is charged with new mater¬ 
ial; however, it dissipates in a mat 
ter of seconds. Because of these 
problems described we have devel¬ 
oped a strict set of guidelines for 
operating pit incinerators and we 
inspect each location daily. 

We have no evidence of poision 
ivy, poison oak, or any other nox¬ 
ious weeds being transmitted 
through the air by burning opera¬ 
tions. 

We have issued approximately 150 
controlled burning permits since 
July 1971. Currently, there are 12 
pit incinerators in operation. We 
do not have a breakdown of com 
plaints strictly related to controlled 
burning operations. We do find that 
the majority of complaints are not 
justified in that the complainant 
does not realize that the fire he 
sees is an approved method. 

Daniel G. Helms, Supervisor 

Air Pollution Control Section 


'Busing’ is Topic for 
Center School PTA 

The December meeting of Center 
School PTA will be devoted to the 
issue of busing of public sohool 
children for the achievement of ra¬ 
cial balance. The meeting will start 
at 8 p.m, on Tuesday, December 
5, in the auditorium of Center 
school and it is open to all inter¬ 
ested residents of Greenbelt. Be¬ 
cause of the importance of the sub¬ 
ject, regular PTA business will not 
be transacted that evening. 

Two speakers have been invited 
to address the meeting; Mi's. Mar¬ 
garet Bondaruk, associated with the 
League of Women Voters and mem¬ 
ber of the McDonough committee 
which last year collected testimony 
related to busing in Prince Georges 
County; and George Crisan, Hyatts- 
ville attorney and Vice President 
of Bladensburg Junior High PTA. 

The aim of the meeting will be 
to provide information about past 
experience with busing and racial 
relations, in communities which 
have instituted busing in recent 
years and also in Prince Georges 
County, and about the effect which 
busing has on children, schools and 
communities. A set of prepared 
questions in this direction will be 
presented to the speakers if time 
allows, questions from the audience 
may also be included. The meet¬ 
ing will not discuss legalities relat¬ 
ed to the lawsuit against the coun¬ 
ty which is now before the courts, 
nor will it deal with the specific 
busing program expected to be re¬ 
leased in the coming week. 


CHANUKAH SERVICES 

Services at the Mishkan Torah 
in observance of Chanuka will be 
held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:30 p.m., 
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 
3 at 9:30 a.m. A party for children 
will start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. 

On Sundays a course on the Tal¬ 
mud will be. led by Rabbi Maur¬ 
ice Weisenberg from 10:10 a.m. to 
11:10 a.m. A 12-week Hebrew Read¬ 
ing course for beginners will be 
held on Wednesday evenings at 8 
p.m. For more information call 
474-4223. 



Sales * Rentals * Repairs 

Howards Typewriter Co. 

56 Ave. & Annapolis Rd. 277-8333 


INVITATION TO BID 

The City of Greenbelt, Maryland invites proposals from pro¬ 
fessional consultants on its requirements for professional assist¬ 
ance in establishing and operating Greenbelt Cares, a Youth 
Service Bureau within the context of which the consultant 
shall promote training and an application of behaviour man¬ 
agement skills and provide a delinquency reducing and pre¬ 
venting program. 

Bids will be received at the City Offices, 25 Crescent Road, 
Greenbelt, Maryland until 8:00 P.M.y Monday, December 18, 
1972 at which time they will be opened and read at a meet¬ 
ing of the City Council. Specifications and bid proposal require¬ 
ments can be obtained at the City Offices, 25 Crescent Road, 
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770, Telr^74-8000. 

Gudrun H. Mills, City Clerk 




City Council Regulates 
Dumpster Placements 

by Sandra Barnes 

The city of Greenbelt was recent¬ 
ly notified by residents living near 
the apartment units at 42-54 Cres¬ 
cent Rd. of the unsightly and un¬ 
sanitary conditions arising from 
an overflowing trash receptacle, 
called a dumpster. 

At its meeting on November 20, 
the city council enacted an ordin¬ 
ance regulating the placement of 
dumpsters which becomes effective 
November 30, 10 days after passage. 
This ordinance provides that a 
dumpster be placed on an all-wea¬ 
ther surface such as asphalt or 
concrete, that this surface be larg 
er than the container by two feet 
on all sides, that it be servicable 
from the public right-of-way and 
that it be behind the building's 
set back line, not adjacent to the 
street and no closer than 30 feet 
from any public or residential pro¬ 
perty line. 

The city is in the process of in¬ 
specting all 32-gallon and over 
trash containers and owners will 
be notified if they are in violation. 

This particular apartment dump¬ 
ster violates most of the points in 
the city’s ordinance in that it does 
not sit on a permanent surface as 
directed above and is closer than 30 
feet from residential property lines 

A reasonable time period will be 
afforded to the owners to make the 
necessary corrections. The owners, 
Cohn and Willchere, and the real 
estate management firm, Harvey 
and Marcus, have been informally 
notified by the city that they are in 
violation of the city’s ordinance 
which applies to dumpsters and 
also to the city’s clean lot ordin¬ 
ance. If convicted of violating the 
citys ordinances, owners could be 
fiined not less than $5 nor more than 
$50 for each offense. 

According to the assistant city 
manager, Dennis Piendak, it is 
difficult to make laws which require 
that trash overflowing from its re¬ 
ceptacle be picked up immedi 
ately which is the problem in this 
case. 

In addition, the county’s health 
inspector on Monday visited the 
site and found numerous violations 
which have been in oxistance since 
the inspector first visited the apart¬ 
ments several months ago. The 
county has already given the man 
agers time to comply with the build¬ 
ing code and will have met with 
them on November 29 to deter¬ 
mine when these violations will be 
rectified. The county has several 
avenues of conduct for failure to 
comply with their ordinances which 
include suspension and revocation 
of the apartment managers’ ability 
to operate the units, stopping all 
rentals and forcing the occupants 
to move out, and bringing the own 
ers into court. 

Divorce Jewish Style 

Mishkan Torah will present an 
original musical comedy, “‘Divorce 
Jewish Style, or Harry Getz Gets a 
Get’ at the synagogue building, on 
Ridge and Westway Roads, at 8:30 
p.m. on Saturday, December 2, and 
Sunday, December 3, and on Satur¬ 
day, December 9, and Sunday, Dec¬ 
ember 10, For ticket information 
call 474-4223. 


Recreation Review 

The Youth Center schedule has 
been adjusted to accommodate the 
launching of the Greenbelt Festival 
of Lights this weekend. Changes 
are as follows: Friday Roller Skat¬ 
ing - cancelled; all Open Gym and 
Lounge activities postponed from 
1 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Sunday. 
Saturday Clay Modeling and Crea¬ 
tive Carousel will be held at the 
Ridge Road Center at their regular 
hours. 

Men’s ‘B’ League Basketball 

An ‘Invitational’ league, in round 
robin competition, with two divis¬ 
ions. Single elimination schedule 
will be determined from the top 
teams in each division. All games 
will be held on Sundays beginning 
January 7 between 1:30 p.m. and 9 
p.m. in Greenbelt. Deadline entry 
date for teams is 9 a.m. Dec. 18. 
Roys and Girls’ Club Basketball 
Registration 

Basketball participants, ages 9 to 
17 years of age should sign up this 
Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Youth Cen¬ 
ter Locker Room from 12 noon to 
5 p.m. The Locker Room is in the 
rear of the Youth Center off Bra¬ 
den Field. Also, there will be a Boys’ 
and Girls’ Club coaches meeting 
Saturday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the 
Youth Conference Room. 


St. Hugh’s Antiques Fair 

The third annual St. Hugh’s An¬ 
tiques Fair will open at noon on 
Friday, December 1, when Cong¬ 
ressman Lawrence J. Hogan who is 
serving as honorary chairman offi¬ 
ciates at the ribbon cutting cere¬ 
monies. The three-day event will 
run Friday, December 1, from noon 
until 10 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 2 12-10 p.m. 
Sun., Dec. 3, 12-6 p.m. 

On view will be antiques and col¬ 
lectibles ranging from buttons to 
18th century bureaus. 

One of the extra touches to the 
Fair will be a real country store. 

While the Antique Fair is plan¬ 
ned and produced by the parish¬ 
ioners of St. Hugh’s, it has the 
“special” touch of Hubert Bellman. 

Heading the St. Hugh’s effort for 
the Antiques Fair are the Plan¬ 
ning Committee—Mr. and Mrs. 
Thomas Skillman, Mr. and Mrs. 
George Pecor, Mr. and Mrs, Thomas 
White and Mr. and Mrs. Julius 
Chieppa. Monsignor Raymond J. 
Boland is pastor of St. Hugh's. 


Stern's 

SHOE REPAIR 

Orthopedic Work 
Zippers Replaced 
Luggage & Purses Repaired 

BELTWAY PLAZA 

around corner Hanover Shoes 


474-9288 


Mon.-Fri. 10-9 
Sat. tii 6 


* 


Holy 
Cross 
Lutheran 
Church 

0905 Greenbelt Rd. 

Worship Services 
8:30 and 11:15 A.M. 
Sunday School 9:50 A.M. 

Edward H. Birner, Pastor 
Phone 345-5171 


9:45 A.M. Sunday School 

11:0O A.M Morning Worship 
7:30 P.M. Wednesday ^ 


6:00 P.M. Training Union 

7:00 P.M. Evening Worship 
__Midweek Service 


GREENBELT BAPTIST CHURCH 

Crescent & Greenhili Rds. S. Jasper Morris, Jr., Pastor 


474-4040 


UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

(Mowatt Memorial) 40 Ridge Road, Greenbelt, Md. Telephone 474-9410 
Rev. Clifton Cunningham, Pastor - Tel. 474-3381 
Worship Service 11:00 A.M. 

(Nursery through Kindergarten at 11:00) 

Church School (Kindergarten through adults) 9:30 A.M. 


STAGE 18 PLAYERS 

present 

DIVORCE JEWISH STYLE 

or 

HARRY GETZ GETS A GET 
Showtime 8:30 P.M. Donation $3.00 


SAT., DEC. 2 
SUN., DEC. 3 
SAT., DEC. 9 
SUN., DEC. 10 


Performance At 

MISHKAN TORAH BUILDING 
Ridge & West way 
For Ticket Information 
Call 474—4223 


| AUT! 

A 

0 Insurance 

for 

II hrivarc 

NEW MD, LAW STATES: “Effective January 1, 1973 every owner of a motor 
vehicle registered in the state of Maryland must have and maintain automobile 

liability insurance” . . . 

. otherwise “your registration certificate will be cancelled. 

and your car cannot lawfully be driven.” 

We are ready to serve you. 


Madden Insurance Agency 

133 Centerway Rd., Room 202 (Above High's) 


Greenbelt, Md. 20770 

m Open nightly from 6-9 p.m. 

For home appointment 

X Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Call 474-4742 

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Thursday, November 30, 1972 


GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW 


Page 3 


CLASSIFIED 

$1.00 for a 10-word minimum, 5c 
for each additional word. Submit 
ads in writing, accompanied by 
cash payment, either to the News 
Review office at 15 Parkway before 
10 p.m. of the Tuesday preceding 
publication, or to the Twin Pines 
Savings and Loan office. 

There is no charge for advertising 
items that are found. 
CALDWELL'S WASHER SER- 
VICE. All makes expertly repaired. 
Authorized Whirlpool dealer. GR 
4-5515. 103 Centerway. 

PIANO TUNING AND REPAIR. 
EXPERIENCED. RELIABLE. 
474-6894. 

LEARN TO DRIVE - beat high 
cost: of Driver Education - CALL 
TRI-STATE DRIVING SCHOOL - 
off. 347-7773, res. 301-934-2095. 
EXPERT CARPET CLEANING in 
home or office. Reasonable rates. 
Satisfaction guaranteed. 345-2970. 
TROMBONE. TRUMPET and 
VOICE LESSONS. Professional 
musician with degree. 474-5945. 


ANTENNA 

PROBLEMS 

Sales & Service 
Expert antenna man will 
install new/repair anten¬ 
na for 

Attic or Outdoors 
474-4892 

TYPEWRITER REPAIR, ELEC- 
TRIC STANDARD AND PORTA- 
BLES. Call 474-60X8._ 

FOR SALE: All new handcrafted 
fashions for Barbie and Ken dolls. 
Call 474-3649. 

BENSON'S SLICED OLD HOME 
FRUIT CAKES. Will deliver. 474- 

2182. 

FOR TV and STEREO SERVICE 
CALL HENRY ALBRIGHT 345- 
4597. 

LIGHTS, MUSIC,"" FILMS, FES 

TIVE FUN, FRIENDS and hand¬ 
made craft items including pottery, 
silver jewelry, decoupage, candles, 
weaving, ornaments, stained glass, 
-trrocheted items. stuffed toys, 
CRAFTS SHOW 7 AND SALE, 
GREENBELT YOUTH CENTER 
Dec. 1, 7-10 p.m.: Dec. 2, 1-10 p.m.: 
Dec. 3, 1-5 p.m. also CHILDREN’S 
SALE, GREENBELT YOUTH 
CENTER, Dec. 2, 1-8 p.m.: Dec. 3, 
1-5 p.m.: Hand-crafted items for 
sale for children's gift-giving needs, 
priced to $1.50 & supervised craft 
activities for children up to 6th 
grade with refreshments and music 
provided. 


PORTER’S LIQUOR’S 

8200 Balto. Blvd. 474-3273 

(next to McDonald's in College 
Park. 

We have the largest selection of 
Wines from around the world. 
Special prices on case purchases 

Order Early 

Any questions about wines 
welcomed 


FOR SALE: 1971 Volkswagen Su¬ 
per Beetle, auto-matic Transmis¬ 
sion. R & H, seat covers. $1,750 or 
best offer. Call 474-6314. 

FOR SALE: Ladies 10-speed bicy- 

cle, 3 mo. old. $70.00. 474-3718. 
FOR SALE: Walnut coffee & end 
tables, drapes, carpet, odds & ends. 
Call 474-5222, between 5-8 p.m. 
FOR SALE: Magnus Electric chord 
organ, bench & music books, orig. 
$39.95, sell $25., exc. cond., great for 
Xmas. 474-0881. 

FOR SALE: Pink Chaise Bedroom 

chair, orig. $100, - sell for $25. 474- 
0881. 

FOR SALE: Bikes - 23”. Girls AMF 

SKYLARK, Exc. Cond., hardly used 
- $25. Bke 23”, girl's Rollfast, exc. 
cond., with basket $20 - 474-6443. 
GARAGE SALE - Sat. Dec. 2, 10 
a.m. till dark, low priced ‘‘almost 
every-kind-of-thing” for sale: HO 
trains, books, bike, stroller, small 
appliances, glassware, baby/adult 
clothes, and much more. Prices 
from lc up. 6720 TERRA ALTA 
DR., LANHAM (2 blocks from La- 
mont Dr. off Good Luck Rd.) 

SALE: Four snowtires on wheels^ 

size 13 in., 474-4316. 

BASEMENT SALE - 5C Laurel 
Hill Rd., Sat., Dec. 2, 10-5 


WANTED: Ride exchange to/from 
Bladensburg Sr. High, 6:30-9:45 
p.m. 474-4316. 


FLOOR SANDING & FINISHING 
(20 YEARS EXPERIENCE). CALL 
AFTER 5:30. 474-5673. 

FORMER FAT LADY to lead diet 

group enthusiastically! Renum¬ 
eration 474-6186. 

PIANO & ORGAN LESSONS by 
experienced teacher, preferably in 
your home. Reasonable rates 345- 
7173. 


• MARIE’S POODLE GROOMING”, 
call NOW for your Christmas ap¬ 
pointments. 474-3219. 

SECRETARY needed December 26- 
30; also some Saturdays. Greenbelt 
Realty, 474-5700. 


WOMAN WANTED for care of 
toddler in my home. Two days /wk. 
no housework. Call 474-4959, 5-9 
p.m. 

WANTED - Child care in our home, 
3-5:30 p.m. M-F. One child 6 yrs. 
old, need trans. LHW, $25. a week, 
345-5443 (after 5:30). 

HELP WANTED - Salesmen - 
TEXAS OIL COMPANY has open¬ 
ing in Greenbelt area. No expen 
ence necessary. Age not important. 
Good character a must. We train. 
Air mail A. S. Dickerson, Pres.. 
Southwestern Petroleum Corp., Ft, 
Worth, Tex. 

'68 VOLKSWAGEN, automatic, on 
gine just overhauled. Inspection 
guaranteed. R&H excellent condi 
tion, $1095 or make offer - 345 3643. 


Oux TZeifMwu 

Elaine Skolnik - 474-6060 

Glad to hear that Alexa Lauber, 
age 8, is back in school after an 
apendectomy. 

It's a boy for Mr. .and Mrs. Paul 
S. Wolf, 8150 Lakecrest. Howard 
Philip was born November 13 and 
weighed in at 9 lbs. 1 oz. He is the 
Wolf’s first child. 

Airman Patrick F. Egan Jr., 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Eg 
en of 103 Julian Court, has been 
assigned to Keesler AFB, Miss., for 
specialized training in the arma¬ 
ment systems field, after completing 
basic training. Airman Egan is a 
1970 graduate of Park dale Senior 
High School and attended the Uni¬ 
versity of Maryland. 

Dr. Ronald J. Seibel of Springhill 
Lake has been named vice-presi¬ 
dent for the 12-state Northeast 
region of the American Association 
of Teacher Educators in Agricul¬ 
ture. His election came at the as¬ 
sociation’s regional meeting held 
recently at Rutgers University in 
New Brunswick, New Jersey. As 
one of four vice-presidents, he will 
serve a two-year term on the ex¬ 
ecutive committee of the 350 mem 
ber national organization. 

Marine Lance Corporal Michael 
Martohe, son of Mr. and Mrs. John 
D. Martohe, 15-D Ridge, was pro¬ 
moted to his present rank while 
serving at the Marine Corps Air 
Station in Jacksonville, N.Car. 

KASH REALTOR 
345-2151 

JUST “RODIN” TO TOWN and 
don’t know' where to buy? Take 
a look at this very fine newly 
painted 3 BR home-attached ga 
rage. Near the center—just the 
thing for you to MOVE UP to if 
you are crowded. Take over 
pmts. of approx. $150/mo. after 
dwn. pmt. $21,500. 

NO “STONEWALL” about "this 

home Jackson, just a very nice 
group of trees. Get this 2 BR 
END home with Ige. closets. Very 
private yard. Washer & A/C, 
Take over pmts of $103.25/mo 
after dwn. pmt, $13,500. 

BABYLON about hanging gar 
dens? Were talking about this 
beautiful 2 BR masonry home 
that is your dream home. Move 
in and take over pmts. $122.50/ 
mo. Paneled den, enclosed porch, 
washer, dryer, remodeled kit. 
and bath. NEW W/W carp. 
Newly painted. Near center. 
$21,900. __ 

DON’T BE OBLISQUE Move 
now into this 2 BR home with 
Ige. addition and 1% baths. E- 
quipped with washer, 2 A/Cs 
and W/W carpeting. Take over 
pmts. of $109/mo, after dwn. pmt. 
$16,000. 

TAJ MAHAL to the left after 
you come to our office above the 
post office to seize this golden 
opportunity to buy this 2 BR 
masonry home near the center. 
Not to “AGRA”vate you by tel¬ 
ling of al lof the benefits you 
receive. Call 345-2151 about how 
you can take over pmts of $106/ 
mo. $18,250. r T ”' 

“I VVOYT BET JIM A” cent that 
this home will last too much 
longer on the market at this 
give a way price. Remodeled 
kit. and bath. Take over pmts. 
of $104/mo. after dwn. pmt. 
$12,400. 


KASH Realtor 

HOMES FOR SALE 

Call 345-2151 Anytime 

MULTIPLE LISTING 
SERVICE 

MONUMENTAL OPEN HOUSE 

AT 38-L RIDGE RD Sunday, 
Nov. 19th from 1 P.M. until 5:30 
PM. Come home, Mr. President, 
and see the home you would be 
proud to own! This is a rare op¬ 
portunity to see a fine large home 
with a 2 story addition. Imagine, 
a 13 x 24 living room. 10 x 15 
din. rm. New kit. with wall 
oven, table top range and fruit- 
wood cabinets. Draperies. Plush 
carpeting and spotless!! Come 
and see for yourself. Possession 
30-45 days. Take over pmts. of 
$124.25/mo. after dwn. pmt. 
$19,750. 

“GRANTED” you can look a~ 
round all over but never will you 
find a home you can MOVE 
UP TO IN GREENBELT. You'll 
"marble” at the beautiful lot 
with towering oaks. Look at 
this, 3 BR free standing home 
with screened porch and 2 car 
carport plus garage. For ap¬ 
pliances, you get, double eye level 
oven, F/F ref., dishwasher, 
washer, dryer, freezer, and 4 
A/C’s. Take over pmts. of 
$126.75/mo. after dwn. pmt. 
$25,900. __ 

“TOMB” it may concern: Here 
is a very fine 2 BR home with 
washer, 2 A/Cs and a cozy nook 
that can be used as a bar or as 
a chatting corner. Take over 
pmts of $100/mo. after dwn, 
pmt, that includes all utilities 
except elect, and phone. Priced 
to move $11,800. 


GET AN “EIFFEL” nt this 4 
Bit 2 bath home with den and 
fireplace. Located on Vj acre lot 
with a 2 car garage with an 
apartment overhead that can be 
used for Mom cr Dad or for just 
plain income. Full basement 
with rec. room and many ap¬ 
pliances that include 3 ref's, 3 
ranges, dishwasher, disp., wash¬ 
er, dryer and an A/C. Take 
over pmts of $186/mo, after dwn. 
pmt. or buy on conventional 
terms at $42,000. 


PYRAMID your money by buy¬ 
ing this 2 BR home at a low, 
low price! Note you get wash¬ 
er, dryer, and window A/C. Take 
over pmts. of $l02/mo. that in¬ 
cludes all utilities except elect, 
and phone. $10,000. 


DO YOU “A'SPIRE” to get a 
very fine 4BR brick home with 
remodeled kit. near Greenbelt. 
This should be the one for you! 
Large liv. Rm. 12x19 din. rm., 7 
by 19 kit plus lots of storage. 
Large lot wth trees near park¬ 
land. $35,500. 

A “PISA” *F the action can be 
yours and you do not have to be 
a “tower” of strength either if 
you will just lean towards your 
telephone and call Hash Realtor 
345-2151 anytime day or night 
about this 3 BR home with 2 
dr. ref., washer, and A/C. 
Fenced, and nice trees all around. 
Take over pmts. of $112.50/mo. 
$13,500. 


ME SPHINX J cannot keep 
quiet any longer about, this very 
fine 3 BR. end brick home with 
large addition that has a very 
fine Mt. Vernon inspired interior. 
MOVE UP today before some¬ 
one else takes this very elegant 
home. Call for details on how 
you make this home your own. 

The “‘statue” of limitations never 
runs out when you buy a home. 
It is a plan of moving ahead just 
as Hash Realtor has over the 
past 7 years. Observe we are 
now No. ONE on pg. 819 in the 
yellow pages for Prince Georges 
County'. You can be #1 too if 
you will call Kash on 345-2151 
anytime day or night. Ask for 
your favorite agent. 

KASH Realtor 

Greenbelt Shopping Center 

(Above Post Office) 

345-2151 


WAH INN RESTAURANT 

GOURME'FS DELIGHT: On Labor Day a new Chinese restaurant 
“Wall Inn” opened in the old shopping center of Beltsville. On several 
occasions we have visited the restaurant for lunch and each time were 
thrilled anew by the quality of the food served. The Shrimp Egg Foo 
Yong, ($1.75) served with tea, rice and dessert contained about twice 
as many shrimp as expected and was neither over, nor under cooked. 
The Shrimp with Bean Sprouts ($1.95) though equally delicious, is 
much lighter so that lethargy is not so apt to set in. The bean 
sprouts were cooked to retain some of their crispness and thus 
resulted in a meal that bordered between a hot dinner and a refreshing 
salad. The Shrimp with Lobster Sauce is for the heavy diners. The 
shrimp were large and the sauce which is ladled onto white rice has 
a basic sea food flavor enhanced by a suggestion of spices. For those 
who like the Chinese atmosphere but need prompting to enjoy the 
Chinese food, hamburger, ham and chicken are available. One quarter 
of a chicken with french fries costs .85c. 

The service is quick and efficient so that lunch can be squeezed into 
the one half hour period. Background Chinese music is heard from a 
tape recorder and is interspersed with soft Chinese voices of the em¬ 
ployees efficiently preparing and serving truly exceptional lunches. 

— Reprinted from USDA Station Waggin\ Beltsville 

11132 Baltimore Blvd. tel. 937-5390 

CARRY OUT SERVICE 


ATTENTION - Less-than-happy Apartment Dwellers 
and Thrifty Couples 

You can move into a townhouse of your own where 
you can enjoy the area’s best housing value .... 

See this excellent one bedroom frame apartment , . . 

facing wooded location. With $2251.00 cash 

you can move in. Monthly payment will cover all 
except elec. Immediate occupancy. 

Two bedroom corner townhouses with fenced yards, 
improvements throughout, carpeting, nice appliances, 
desirable locations. 

Three bedroom townhouses within walking distance 
of shopping center; nice surrounding areas, good im¬ 
provements, nice appliances, etc. 

Selling prices range from $7000.00 to $25,000.00 AND 
financing is available on portion of down payment. 
Monthly charge covers all except elec. 

FOR INFORMATION CALL US NOW .... THE 
SALES OFFICE IS OPEN FROM 8:30 to 5:00 Monday 
thru Friday and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and 
NOON to 5 PM Sundays. 

GREENBELT HOMES, INC. 

Hamilton Palce 
Mary E. Dixon, Broker 


474-4161 


474-4244 


Veterans Cut-Rate Liquors 

11820 Baltimore Blvd. (Route 1) Beltsville, Md. 

HOLIDAY SAVINGS 


TEACHER’S SCOTCH $12.99 y 2 gal. 

Trigo Puerto Rican Rum $7.99 l A gal. 


SMIRNOFF VODKA 

937-1110 


$8.99 y z gal. 


Assorted Cordials $2.99 l/5th 

(3 for $8.75) 
Fruit Flavored Brandies $2.99 1 /5th 

(3 for $8.75) 
BOURBON SUPREME $8.79 V 2 gal. 


Check us for Low Low Case Prices 937-3CI235 












































































CITY COUNCIL, from pg. 1 

included in a letter to the county 
council from the Prince Georges 
County Health Officer, and to spe¬ 
cifications established by the city’s 
Resolution No 226.) 

Councilwoman Rhea Cohen ob¬ 
jected to this position. She felt that 
a number of circumstances had 
changed since passage of the city’s 
resolution. Among other points she 
argued that Greenbriar’s new treat¬ 
ment plant proposal doesn’t pro 
vide for meeting state standards, 
that it doesn’t provide for the test¬ 
ing for viruses, that it is a potential 
health hazard, that it is not intend¬ 
ed for commercial-industrial plants 
as approved by county executive 
Gullett, and that, with enactment of 
the new federal revenue sharing 
act, there is no need to rush into 
the development of this property 
for revenue purposes. She then 
moved to rescind city council Res¬ 
olution No. 229, but her motion died 
for lack of a second. Mayor Rich¬ 
ard Pilski then instructed Giese to 
send the letter he had recommend-- 
ed. 

Agricultural Center 

In other actions related to coun¬ 
ty matters, council decided to have 
the manager send a letter to the 
Maryland National Capitol Park 
and Planning Commission, reques¬ 
ting that the City of Greenbelt 
be advised of any proposals regard¬ 
ing use or development of the Ag¬ 
ricultural Research Center and be 
invited to any meeting relating to 
this matter. 

Council also recommended that 
the entire subject of the develop¬ 
ment of the Agricultural Research 
Center be referred to the Advisory 
Planning Board for study and rec¬ 
ommendations and that PRAB also 
be advised of this action in case 
that group had any inputs they 
wished to make. 

At the urging of councilwoman 
Cohen, council also decided to seek 
more information before acting on 
a notification by county councilman 
White of applications being made 
by the Agricultural Research Center 
for point of discharge permits for 
two treatment plants, presently op¬ 
erating, which are to be expanded in 
capacity to handle future expansion. 
Council wanted to know the nature 
of this ‘“future expansion.” 

On a motion by councilman Gil 
Weidenfeld, with a second by coun¬ 
cilman Charles Schwan, council vo¬ 
ted to endorse County Bill 25, the 
Tax Differential Bill, and to accept 
the two changes proposed by the 
county executive to the Municipal 
League provided there will be con¬ 
currence by the bills authors. CB- 
205 is essentially the same bill as 
had previously been vetoed by the 
county executive but deleting the 
language he had objected to. Coun- 
cil was advised by manager Giese 


that Gullett had informed the Mu¬ 
nicipal League that he would not 
veto this measure if two deletions 
were made: the specific listing of 
services for which municipalities 
would be reimbursed from county 
property taxes, and putting off the 
date for rebate of taxes to 1974. 

SHL Negotiations 

Also on a motion by councilman 
Gil Weidenfeld, council passed the 
first reading of an ordinance to 
make additional appropriations in 
the capital improvement fund for 
$91,000, bringing the total appropri¬ 
ations for this fund to $1,040,400. 
This matter was in preparation for 
negotiations presently taking place 
between the City and the owners 
of Springhill Lake for purchase of 
the golf course property. Giese 
briefly reported on the state of the 
negotiations, pointing out that addi¬ 
tional studies will be made on soil 
conditions, and that the right of 
way for the circumference road is 
not to be included in the land to be 
purchased. He also mentioned that 
the property was not flooded during 
the last flood, which was of the once 
in a hundred years type. Mayor 
Pilski stated that this was a top 
priority of council and hoped that 
the manager would have negotia¬ 
tions completed by the first of the 
year. 

What appeared to be a rhubarb 
in the making, with the introduc¬ 
tion of a proposal by councilwoman 
Cohen for public financial disclo¬ 
sure, quickly died out when it ap¬ 
peared that present safeguards were 
probably adequate. Cohen in in¬ 
troducing the measure stated that 
there had been two previous mayors 
sitting on council at a time when 
the city had a file on closed circuit 
T.V. and that it has been revealed 
that these men have interests in a 
closed circuit T.V. company. Man¬ 
ager Giese pointed out that the only 
business coming before council was 
in 1968 or 1969 when the city re¬ 
ceived an unsolicited proposal from 
a Montgomery county closed T.V. 
firm and that this matter was re¬ 
ferred to the county. Mayor Pilski 
stated that the city files have always 
been open, and that, in the instance 
cited, there has never been any 
question of either conflict of in¬ 
terest or public disclosure violation. 
Council did agree to have the man¬ 
ager bring together suggestions for 
revisions in the code that might be 
an improvement. 

In other matters, council voted 
to contact the history department 
of the University of Maryland to 
see if historical research on Green- 
belt might be done; agreed to have 
the manager prepare an ordinance 
amending the animal control ordin¬ 
ance to exempt cats from the re¬ 
straint section; to place the Largo 
Arena on the agenda for the next 
meeting; requested the manager to 


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Greenbelt Carry-out 

Sat., Dee. 2 - Royal Steak Sub..55c 

LG. DRESSED PIZZA your choice.$1.49 

SPECIALS — 4 P.M. TO CLOSING 

Mon., Dec. 4 - Royal Steak Sub.55c 

Tues., Dec. 5 - Meatball Sub.55c 

Wed., Dec. 6 - Super Cheese Pizza. 1.69 

Thurs., Dec. 7 - Introducing Meatball Queen 35c 
Delicious Soft Serve Ice Cream - Sat. only - 5c 
107 CENTERWAY 474-4998 


American Legion Bake Sale 

The American Legion Auxiliary 
Unit 136 will sponsor a bake sale 
on Saturday, December 2 at 10 a.m. 
in the Greenbelt Shopping Center 
by Tanners. The proceeds will ben¬ 
efit the community service Christ- 
mast programs, which provides pre¬ 
sents for children. Mrs. Anna M. 
Link, 474-6954, is chairing the event. 

fix a catch basin at the end of 
Forest Way and, despite objections 
of the manager, asked him to make 
recommendations on paving four 
feet of private property to expand 
the parking space in that area. 

Council also appointed Benjamin 
Rosenzweig and A1 Herling for ad¬ 
ditional terms on the Employee Re¬ 
lations Advisory Board; and, in ref¬ 
erence to a request from Barry 
Katzen, Property Manager for 
Charles and William Properties, 
for council approval for an 18 foot 
extension to the front of the Sub¬ 
urban Trust Company building, di¬ 
rected the manager to notify Kat¬ 
zen that the city will only sit down 
for negotiations on this matter with 
the owner of the property. 


St. Hugh's Parish Hall 


Crescent Rd. 


St. Hugh’s 

Antiques Fair 

December 1,2,3,1972 

Friday & Saturday - Noon to 10 p.m. 
Sunday - Noon to 6 p.m. 

Admission - $1.50 with this ad $1.25 


1 Judy in Dreamland 


Drink & Wet Doll 

3.44 

Inflatable Elephant Chair 

1.39 

Stuffed Animals 1.17 to 

4.37 

Mobile Patrol Unit Set 

2.33 

Western Stage Coach Set 

2.33 

50 Light Italian Style 


Mini-Lite Set 

2.44 

25 Light Outdoor Light Set 

3.99 

15 Light Scotch Pine 


Tree Light Set 

2.66 

9 ft. Electric Twinkling 


Bell Set w/Garland 

4.77 


I 


Central Charge-BankAmericard 

Ben Franklin 

Greenbelt Shopping Center 
Open 9-9 Mon.-Sat, 


INVEST YOUR MONEY IN GREENBELT 

• Help Greenbelt People 

• Maintain Greenbelt Property Values 

• Earn Good Dividends Too! 

CURRENT DIVIDENDS 


5 %% 


6 % 

Regular Savings 


Savings Certificates 


UNICEF 

Greeting Cards and Calendars 
Now On Sale 

Twin Pines Savings & Loan Assn. 


Monday thru Friday 9 to 8 

GREENBELT SHOPPING CENTER 


Saturday 9 to 2 
474-6900 


your 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 

C&Ao-L&E&N&D&AftR 

3 weeks of December activities for the family 

CRAFTS SHOW &■ SALE 

December 1, 7-10 pm; Dec. 2, 1-10 pm; Dec. 3, 1-5 pm 
Hand-crafted, inexpensive items & greenery by 50 craftspeople 

CHILDREN’S SALE 

December 2, 1-8 pm; Dec. 3, 1-5 pm 
Music, crafts, inexpensive items for children's gift-giving needs 

MEDIEVAL CONCERT 

Paint Branch Pro Musica & Lighting of the Hanukkah Can dles 
December 3 at 3:30 pm 
All at the Youth Center • Greenbelt Rec. Dept. 

A HAPPENING 

Dec. 9, 1 pm at the Greenbelt Town Center 
Childrens' gathering to decorate the Center and parade with pinatas 
to the Greenbelt Center School for party & a play 

A ONE-ACT PLAY: 

"The Mouse Who Was Stirring" 

Dec. 8, 7:30 pm; Dec. 9, 2 pm Greenbelt Center School Auditorium; Free 

A CRAFT DO-IN 

Dec. 10, 2-5 pm Youth Center 
Craftsmen engage families in making festive crafts 

TREE-LIGHTING & CAROLING 

Dec. 16, 6:30 pm at the evergreen between bank & city bldg; 
Caroling immediately following 

CHURCH CHORAL CONCERT 

Dec. 17, 7:30 pm at Community Church, Crescent & Hillside 

SANTA COMES TO TOWN 

Dec. 22, 2-5 pm at Youth Center 
4 pm Puppet Show 

Santa, Clowns, Gingerbread House and Puppets 

















































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f. __ AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER _ 

Volu me 36, Number 2 GREENBELT, M ARYLAND Thurs day, November 30, 1972 

News Review Marks 35th Anniversary 


Cnifiu&t (fait* 

X To serve as a aooprofit mt~ 
Urpriee. 

X To ramai* monpartisaa la 
politics. 

X To reraai* aoutral in roll*- 
ions matters. 

4* To print aewa accurately 
and regularly* 


OxiytKcU (poalt 

5. To make its pages an op¬ 
en forum for civic affairs. 

6. To develop a staff of volun¬ 
teer writers. 

7. To create a “Good Neigh¬ 
bor” spirit, promote friendship, 
advance the common good, and 
develop a “Greenbelt philoso¬ 
phy” of life. - November 24, 1937 


As We See Our Role 

A SAMPLING FROM THE EDITORIAL PAGE 


Introducing Ourselves 

Beginning with this issue, the Greenbelt News Review will acquire 
several hundred new readers, as distribution of the paper starts at the 
new University Square apartments. It is to these new readers that we 
address ourselves here. 

We do not know whether you realized, when you chose to live here in 
Greenbelt, that there was something special about this town. Oh, don’t 
ask us to define it - it’s a mutual identity, a cooperative spirit, an elusive 
elan, and it floats around, adding zing to council meetings, creating and 
sustaining countless projects and associations (as well as those tempests- 
in-a-teapot for which Greenbelt is known), giving us all a feeling of 
sharing the life of a community, to which we belong. 

Whether you bargained for all this when you came, or were merely 
weighing commuting times against rents and access to schools, we wel¬ 
come you now as new residents of our town. Perhaps you have already 
discovered our tranquil lake with its parkland setting, and other features 
unique to this city. We now invite you to discover something no less char¬ 
acteristic - The Greenbelt News Review, 

For the past 30 years, our paper has been reporting facts and events, 
and serving as both sounding board and bulletin board to the Green¬ 
belt community. Run by a crew of volunteers, it is proud of not having 
missed an issue. It will be your weekly guide to the community and to 
what is happening in it. 

Here is your first copy. Enjoy it. (October 26, 1967) 


A Self Appraisal 

We have heard some criticism recently that the News Review has 
been devoting an undue proportion of its columns to the affairs of 
Greenbelt Homes^Inc. We appreciate cominents of this nature, if for,no 

other reason than that they provide us with evidence that people are read¬ 
ing the newspaper. But, more significantly, they make us sit back and 
reflect on the role of a community newspaper and to write editorials like 
this which attempt to explain our position. 

The News Review, as a non-profit, cooperative newspaper, is depen¬ 
dent on volunteer help in reporting the news. By volunteer, we not only 
mean the volunteer services of our staff reporters, but also the volunteer 
efforts of non-staff persons who as members of various civic organiza¬ 
tions send us press releases and in other ways communicate to us the 
happenings of the community. 

Historically, we have felt an obligation to cover on a regular basis 
though our own staff reporters the activities of two major organizations 
in the city -— Greenbelt city council (and city government) and Green¬ 
belt Homes, Inc. 

The necessity and desirability of detailed reporting of city council 
and government activities are self-evident. As for GHI, up until the late 
195ffs, the residents of GHI comprised over 80 percent of the city’s popu¬ 
lation. Even though this proportion is now down to about one-third, we 
still feel an obligation to report GHI activities in detail. 

The affairs of this housing cooperative are of special interest to its 
3,600 families because it is a self -governing organization with many ele ¬ 
ments of sovereignty that are not too dissimilar from those of city council. 
This aspect of GHI, as exemplified by its bi-weekly board meetings and 
annual elections, which require an informed membership, is in unique 
contrast to what is found, say, in the operation of apartment complexes. 
In our judgment, board and membership actions of GHI warrant regular 
staff coverage. 

If there is an imbalance in coverage, the answer, of course, is not to 
cut down GHI coverage, but to. improve the coverage of news from other 
sections of town. To do so will require the co-operation of residents of 
the various areas, because there are few focal centers of information to 
which staff reporters can turn. In effect, we are asking for help, for 
volunteers in various sections to become special correspondents. No 
experience is needed for such volunteer work. Remember, this is your 
community newspaper. We gather every Tuesday evening, 8 to 10 p.m., at 
15 Parkway (basement). Come down and get acquainted. 

(June 25, 1970) 


Our Policy On Letters 

We have said this many times before, but perhaps it will not hurt 
to say it again. 

Letters to the Editor represent only the personal views of the person 
who signs them. Publication by the News Review of these letters indi¬ 
cates neither approval nor disapproval of the views expressed. 

The News Review, of course, when faced with lengthy letters and 
limited space, will sometimes try to induce the author to accept some 
cutting. Otherwise, we have attempted to follow the principle that one 
of the most valuable services performed by your community newspaper is 
to provide a forum through which any person can express his unre¬ 
stricted views. 

It sometimes happens that in controversial issues most of the letters 
come from one side. Readers have complained to us that in such situa¬ 
tions by printing all of them we have in effect endorsed the side that has 
written most of the letters. 

We do not see how we can do otherwise. All we ask is under¬ 
standing from our readers that the editorial policy and position of the 
News Review is expressed through its editorials and not through the 
Letters to the Editor Department, (March 14, 1968) 


This special edition of the 
News Review stresses the last 
five years of publication. In 
November, 1967, a 30th anniver¬ 
sary issue was published, copies 
of which are still available. 

Staff members Dorothy Sucher, 
Mary Lou Williamson, Judy 
Goldstein, Sandra Barnes, Elaine 
Skolnik, and A1 Skolnik pre¬ 
pared this issue. 


0nee«t&ett 

by Punchin’ Judy 
Do you remember when ... 

Inflation meant paying 10c for 
a nickel ice cream cone like the 
kind that now costs a quarter? 

The “new look” came in and you 
had to replace all your short 
dresses with long ones? 

You cried on the occasion of 
your son’s first haircut because you 
would never see him with long hair 
again? 

The mini look came in and you 
had to replace all your long 
dresses with short ones? 

You walked two miles to save 5c 
bus fare? 

Greenbelt had a drugstore with 
a soda fountain in the Center? 

You thought of third graders as 
big guys? 

The fireworks were at Braden 

field? 

The fireworks were in the City 
Council? 

The City Council jret above the s 

Post Office? 

The Post Office was next to the 
Bank? 

You wished the hot weather 
would hurry up and get there? 

Your Mom gave you a dime to 
go to the movies and you saw two 
features, the news, a cartoon, the 
serial and selected short subjects? 

You saw those same features on 
the late show last week? 

You had a picnic at Greenbelt 
Lake? Well, some things don’t go 
out of fashion, so do it again and 
have a happy day. (August 6, 1970) 


First Issue of Newspaper 
Appeared Nov. 24 , 1937 

Six weeks after the first residents of Greenbelt unpacked their 
household belongings in 1937, a newspaper was issued. Recog¬ 
nizing the immediate need for a news medium, the first families 
formed on November 11, 1937, a Journalistic Club to issue a 
weekly paper, the “Greenbelt Co-operator.” 

The policies of the paper, as formulated at the meeting were: 
to serve as a nonprofit enterprise, to remain nonpartisan in politics, 
to remain neutral in religious matters, to print the news accurate¬ 
ly and regularly, to make its pages an open forum for civic affairs, 
to develop a staff of volunteer writers, and to create a “good 
neighbor” spirit, promote friendship, advance the common good, 
and develop a “Greenbelt philosophy of life.” 
principles 


These principles still guide the 
motives and actions of the present 
Greenbelt News Review, the direct 
descendant of the Greenbelt Coop- 
rator. The name was changed 
in September, 1954, in order to clar¬ 
ify the independent status of the 
paper and prevent its being con¬ 
fused with numerous other co-op 
organizations in Greenbelt. The 
Journalistic Club lasted until July, 
1940, when it was converted into 
the Greenbelt Cooperative Publish¬ 
ing Association, which has contin¬ 
ued the sponsorship of the paper 
ever since. An incorporation char¬ 
ter for the Association was granted 
in September, 1941, by the District 
of Columbia. 

The First issue 

The first issue of the Cooperator, 
appearing on November 24, 1937, 
was a neatly mimeographed paper 
cointaming sixteen letter-sized pa¬ 
ges of local news and editorial 
content. 

The newspaper has appeared 
regularly every week since then for 
thirty-five years. 

The paper was prepared at the 
homes of various staff members 
until January, 1938, when the Fed¬ 
eral Government (which owned 
Greenbelt at that time) made space 


Resolution Number 246 

Congratulating "The Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing 
Association, Inc." Better Known As The "News Review" 
On Their Thirty-Fifth Anniversary 

WHEREAS, the GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW (previously 
named The Cooperator) will observe its Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of 
its publication during the month of November, 1972; and 

WHEREAS, this local newspaper has played an important role 
in disseminating municipal news and actions of the City Council of 
Greenbelt to the citizens of this community; and 

WHEREAS, during the past thirty-five years the GREENBELT 
NEWS REVIEW has, indeed, served the people of Greenbelt in a 
most faithful and inspiring manner in bringing to them news of the 
city, its governing body, and its citizens; and by bringing to Greenbelt 
citizens news of general interest and concern and by giving those citi¬ 
zens an opportunity to express their thoughts on issues before the 
community; and 

WHEREAS, this THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of the con¬ 
tinued publication of the GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW is an 
appropriate occasion for the citizens of this community to express 
their appreciation and thanks to the editor and staff, both present or 
past, of the NEWS REVIEW for their outstanding service and many 
hours of volunteer work; now therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Greenbelt, 
Maryland that the GREENBELT NEWS REMEW be recognized on 
the occasion of its THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY, and that the 
Council express to the NEWS REVIEW its appreciation and grati¬ 
tude in behalf of the citizens of Greenbelt and thank the editors, 
reporters, business managers, and all of the staff, both present and 
past, who have devoted so much of their time to the GREENBELT 
NEWS REVIEW; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council, in behalf 
of the community extend to the Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing 
Association, Inc., its sincerest congratulations on the Thirty-fifth 
Anniversary of the publication of the GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW. 

PASSED by the Council of the City of Greenbelt, Maryland, at 
its Regular Meeting, November 6, 1972. 

Richard R. Pilski, Mayor 


available at the Center, free of cost, 
and also loaned much-needed fur¬ 
niture, typewriters and office equip¬ 
ment. To meet the costs of paper, 
ink, and stencils a charge of five 
cents per copy was made beginning 
with the issue of January 5, 1938. 
Distribution was turned over to the 
Boy Scout troop, which was allowed 
to retain two cents for each paper 
sold. 

Free Delivery 

An important development in the 
history of the newspaper was the 
decision to deliver the Cooperator 
free of charge to every home in 
town, beginning with the issue of 
September 7, 1939. The additional 
cost of local distribution was small, 
and this radical change of policy 
provided larger circulation figures, 
which could be used as evidence of 
the value of advertising in the 
Cooperator, once its distribution 
bad become community wide. The 
town government engaged more and 
more space for the publication of 
pending ordinances, budgets and 
the like. 

The policy of free distribution re¬ 
mained unchanged until July, 1953, 
when the paper was forced by 
financial straits to go to a sub¬ 
scription basis — $3 a year. The 
response was fairly encouraging, 
but the added cost of maintaining 
subscription records convinced the 
governing body that the additional 
income was not worth the addi¬ 
tional workload. In January, 1955, 
the paper returned to city-wide 
circulation. 

Financial difficulties continued to 
plague the newspaper, and appeals 
were made to the businesses and 
organizations in town for funds. 
Finally, in April, 1959, the News 
Review resorted to a house-to- 
house community-wide drive for 
funds. Organized by the drive chair¬ 
man Elaine Skolnik, who was aided 
by 125 volunteer court collectors, 
the drive netted over $1,500. It 
proved such an unqualified success 
that it was renewed again the fol¬ 
lowing year. 

The yield from these drives was 
sufficient to meet the needs and 
no drives had been conducted until 
1966 when a fund drive was 
launched by the Greenbelt Freedom 
of the Press Committee to help the 
paper defend itself against libel 
charges. 

Offices of the Paper 

The News Review has had sev¬ 
eral homes since its inception. 
From its original second-floor 
quarters in the commercial center 
the paper moved its offices four 
times before finally coming to rest 
in the present basement office at 
15 Parkway. With the withdrawal 
of the Federal Government from 
town, Greenbelt Homes, Inc. 
through its wholly-owned subsidi¬ 
ary, Greenbelt Development Cor¬ 
poration) continued the federal po¬ 
licy of providing free office space, 
(Cont. on page 2A) 













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News Review Editors since 1962 

Virginia Beauchamp 

June 1962 - December 1962 

Russell S. Greenbaum 

January 1963 - June 1963 

Dorothy Sucher 

July 1963 - September 1963 

Mary Lou Williamson 

February 1964 - October 1964 

Dorothy Sucher 

November 1964 - December 1965 

Mary Lou Williamson 

January 1966 - February 1967 

Mary Smith Granofsky 

March 1967 - October 1972 

Mary Lou Williamson 

November 1972 - 


A Word From the President 


Looking back over the 35-year history of the News Review, 
we are struck by the large number of crises that the paper had to 
surmount in order to survive. In some phases of our history, 
financial problems dominated, in other stages, personnel shortages, 
and in still others, a libel suit. 

It is a natural tendency to recall or dwell upon the most recent 
crisis and this is what the 35th anniversary issue does. But this 
is telling only half the story. For the paper, during its 35-year 
history is and was the product of dedicated volunteers numbering 
in the hundreds. Many of these persons worked on the newspaper 
long before the memory of any present staff members so that we 
are handicapped in singling out individuals for proper tribute. 
Nevertheless, the debt owed by the present generation to these 
individuals, especially the 27 persons who occupied the editor’s 
chair, cannot be exaggerated. 

Our acquaintance with the paper goes back far enough, 
however, to single out three individuals — Russell S. Greenbaum, 
Isadore J. Parker, and Harry M. Zubkoff — who almost single- 
handedly saw the newspaper through the difficult 1950’s. This was 
a time of rising printing costs and dwindling advertising volume, 
combined with a tapering off of volunteer workers as the challenge 
of building a new community wore off. 

Time and time again, these three persons were prevailed upon 
to take the editorship for “just one more month.” The classic 
story is told of how Russ Greenbaum once arrived late at a board 
meeting. As he came in, everybody stood up and cheered and the 
phonograph started to play “Hail to the Chief,” thus notifying him 
of his new responsibility. 

And it was a responsibility. For upon the editor’s shoulder fell 
the burden of getting out a paper each week, never knowing from 
week to week how many staff members would show up. Iz Parker 
(a professional cartoonist) had an advantage — whenever there 
was no copy, he just struck off another cartoon. 

But a special note of appreciation must be paid to Harry 
Zubkoff. He was the mentor and guiding light to all of us. All 
that many of us ever learned about newspaper work, can be attrib¬ 
uted to the knowledge imparted by Harry. His commitment to 
freedom of the press and speech was complete and he never flin¬ 
ched from battling with those who would try to harass and intim¬ 
idate the newspaper. And although he no longer was living in 
Greenbelt, when the newspaper’s existence was challenged by a 
libel suit in the mid- 1960’s, he personally and successfully 
launched a fund drive among friends and former Greenbelters to 
help the paper meet legal expenses. 

It is thus eminently fitting on this 35th anniversary that we 
publicly salute the many individuals who have helped to make 
the News Review the vital community service that it is. 

Alfred M. Skolnik 

President 

Greenbelt News Review 

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GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW 


Thursday, November 30, 1972 


Crime in Greenbelt 

Greenbelt’s low crime rate is one of the priceless assets of oar 
community . However, even in Greenbelt, crimes occur; and some¬ 
times they have their lighter side — as can be seen from the fol¬ 
lowing items that appeared in recent years in the Police Blotter. 


A noisy party led to the arreut 
of 36 persons, 15 of them juveniles, 
last Saturday night, July 24. A 22- 
year-old resident was giving a par¬ 
ty while his mother was out of 
town. 

Beer was served, and since many 
of the guests were minors, the po 
lice announced that everyone was 
under arrest. A Mack Sennett chase 
reportedly ensued, with a number 
of the partygoers jumping off the 
second-story balcony. No one was 
injured, and police waiting below 
gathered them up, stowing them in 
a county paddy wagon which had 
been borrowed for the occasion. 

Less athletic guests sought hid¬ 
ing places inside the apartment. 
Police flushed several out of the 
closets and kitchen cabinets, pulled 
others out from under the bed and 
from the space between the mat¬ 
tress and the springs, and discov¬ 
ered one cool chap in the refriger¬ 
ator. His whereabouts were be¬ 
trayed by the fact that he had 
left the door open a crack. 

Last to be discovered were some 
boys who had made a hole in the 
ceiling, climbed up into the attic 
crawl space, and covered the hole 
with insulation. (July 29, 1965) 

* * $ 

A woman at Springhill Lake re¬ 
ported that her ex-boy friend for 
cibly entered her apartment went 

HISTORY from pg. 1A 

with the paper reimbursing the 
corporation for out-of-pocket ex¬ 
penses. 

The entire staff consists of vol 
unteer workers, most of whom 
have joined the paper as their con¬ 
tribution to their community’s ac¬ 
tivities, Since March, 1957, nom¬ 
inal payments have been author¬ 
ized to the editorial staff and to 
columnists—when finances permit, 
of course. There have been 38 
changes in editorship during the 
paper’s 35 years, attesting to the 
difficulty of this job; the position 
is at present held by Mary Lou 
Williamson and there are 25 staff 
members. 

At present over 4,800 free copies 
of the News Review are distributed 
weekly to homes in Greenbelt, in¬ 
cluding Springhill Lake and Uni- 
versity Square Apts. 


to a closet and took a crepe dress 
he had given her three years pre¬ 
viously. He then left. 

June 19, 1969 

* * * 

At about 3 a.m. Tuesday morn¬ 
ing, May 20, a bullet from a rifle 
was discharged in a Hillside Rd. 
home. The bullet penetrated the 
wall of the adjacent home, went 
through a couch, a pillow, a 20” 
T.V., hit a wall and landed on the 
second floor stairway. No charges 
were filed as the discharge was ap¬ 
parently accidental. The owner of 
the rifle also owns several other 
firarms. The case is still being in¬ 
vestigated. 

* * * 

A white male in his 28’s stole 
some ladies undergarments from a 
clothesline on Laurel Hill around 
5 a.m. one morning. He was seen, 
accosted, but was able to flee away 
on foot. May 22, 1967 

* * * 

On August 15, beginning at 3:30 
in the afternoon, three housewives, 
one on Ridge Road and two on 
Plateau Place, invited into their 
homes a white Silver Spring male, 
27-years-old, who told them he rep 
resented the fashion section of 
Look magazine. He further stated 
he was looking for models and that 
they would receive $50 if their pic¬ 
tures were published in the maga¬ 
zine. 


At the first house he asked for a 
picture of the lady. When she didn’t 
have one, he asked for her meas¬ 
urements. When she said she didn't 
know them, he asked her to get one 
of her dresses. As she started to 
comply, he began to follow her 
up the stairs. At this point she 
asked him to leave and he did so. 

At the second house he asked for 
a picture, measurements, and then 
a tape measure. He was then asked 
to leave, which he did. 

> At the third house, he followed 
the same routine, then asked to use 
the bathroom. From the bathroom 
window, he spotted a police car, 
which the first two ladies had sum¬ 
moned, and attempted to escape 
through the kitchen window. At 
this point the third lady called 
the police. He was apprehended 
near 42 court Ridge and charged 
with three counts of soliciting with¬ 
out a license. Aug. 28, 1969 

* * * 

Dirty Pool. The police received 
a complaint on May 20 from a 
Greenbelt man who had become 
acquainted with three men over a 
pool table one evening and invited 
them to his home to play Skil 
Pool. The quartet arrived at 2 
a.m., put a 6-pack of beer in the 
refrigerator, and took out the cues. 
Every so often, one of the guests 
would absent himself from the 
game on one pretext or another — 
a circumstance the host remem¬ 
bered later. The visitors left, after 
an hour, but apparently not alone; 
the police are now looking for a 
television set, an electric razor, 
two radios, and three pool players. 

June 28, 1969 


Congratulations to the 
Greenbelt News Review on 35 Years 
of Service to the Community 

1937 — 1972 

Greenbelt Federal 
Credit Union 

CELEBRATES ITS 35th ANNIVERSARY 
DECEMBER, 1972 


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 


To the Greenbelt News Review for 
Thirty-Five Years of Service in Keeping 
Greenbelters Informed 


SPRINGHILL 

LAKE 

APARTMENTS 





























Thursday, November 30, 1972 


Page 3A 


GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW 


Light Entertainment 

FROM OUR COLUMNISTS 


Speaking Sternly 

by David Stem 

In accordance with its annual 
custom , Speaking Sternly has 
predicted the top stories of 1970. 
Since, naturally enough there is 
less than complete agreement as 
to the actual occurrence of any 
or all of these events, the follow¬ 
ing choices are not necessarily 
listed to inform the reader but 
merely to give the writer and op¬ 
portunity to say u 1 told you so!” 

January: Cornerstone laid for 
public comfort station at lake park. 
Just as Mayor intones, “On this spot 
there will rise, not just a mere 
Johnny, but a full-size John . . . . ” 
a voice from the rear yells, “Where 
do I go now?” 

February: Prince Georges becomes 
the first county in the U.S. to replace 
the haphazard actions of a zoning 
board with the impersonal precision 
of a zoning lottery. General Her- 
shey, as guest of honor, dips his 
hand in the bowl and draws the 
first lot which, to no one’s surprise, 
rezones Braden field for heavy 
industrial use. 

March: New library opens. In 
accordance with old GHI tradition, 
main entrance is in rear, front 
one being for show only. 

April: State Roads Commission 
notifies council that due to an 
error in drawing up the original 
map, the municipal building is 
actually located across the public 
right of way. 

In reply, council reminds SRC 
that the same map show's the Belt- 
way smack across Greenbelt Lake. 
SRC cables council to forget about 
the whole thing. 

May: FBI uncovers gambling 
ring in Goddard, ending wide¬ 
spread betting on the daily num¬ 
ber of smashups at the Glenn 
Dale - Southway intersection. A 
traffic light is firmly budgeted for 
that location for late 1973, with 
possible delays of no more than 
three years, four at the most. 

June: Greenbelt Historical So¬ 
ciety uncovers new evidence that 
Eleanor Roosevelt never stood on 
or even under the tree on Crescent 
Rd. around which her monument 
was built. The correct tree is found 
standing next to the rear parking 
lot of the firehouse, by the right 
of way of Crescent Rd. according 
to the original mapping. 

July: School buses tumble down 
into Beltway Plaza as county issues 
absolutely last order to fix that 
#$%&!*?+* slope. 

August: New Lutheran Church 
opens on Greenbelt Road. Main 
access to building is from small 
door in the rear (front doors 
termed “just decorative”). 

September: Labor Day Festival 
features “Fight for Peace” town 
meeting, which turns into general 
free-for-all. Moratorium is decreed 
on all public displays of nonviolence. 

October: Sit-in is staged by stu¬ 
dents of the Greenbelt Co-op Nur¬ 
sery School, whose non-negotiable 
demands include coffee, cigarettes, 
and natural hair styles on campus, 
courses in child culture and baby 
talk, a seat on the board and un¬ 
conditional amnesty to all w f ho wet 
their pants during school hours. 
Negotiations collapse and the insur¬ 
rection is ended by a flying wedge 
of helping mothers, braving a rain 
of building blocks and play-dob. 

November: Widespread indigna¬ 
tion as JCC opens new building with 
main entrance in front. 

December: Landslide at Belt- 
way Plaza narrowdy misses Santa, 
buries three reindeer. 

Chairman Mao w'arns his citi¬ 
zens about impending epidemic of 
American flu, spread by a parti 
cularly virulent new virus first 
isolated in Greenbelt early in the 
year. 

Due to simultaneous widening of 
the Beltway and the Parkway, 
State Roads Commission announ¬ 
ces that Greenbelt will have to go. 
Sorry about that readers - enjoy 
your 1970 while it lasts! 

(January 1, 1970) 


Point of View 

by Dorothy Sucher 

A hopeful seeker after the grass 
roots sometimes gets lost in a 
patch of crab-grass. SCENE: a 
meeting of the local Populist Party 
club. 

“Psst!” an acquaintance greeted 
me, as I entered the meeting early. 
“Are you infiltrating?” 

A gavel thundered before I could 
reply, and I took a seat. A tense 
silence settled over the room. 

A gentleman at the speakers' 
table rose. “Folks, in the absence 
of our beloved president I'd like to 
say that we're all here tonight to 
elect the officers who will guide 
the destinies of our club through 
the coming year. So I say to you, 
let’s not fool around. I cede the 
chair to the hardworking and pop¬ 
ular chairman of the nominating 
committee.* 

“Right!” cried that gentleman, 
unfolding a sheet of paper as he 
rose. “Here are the names of the 
candidates your nominating com¬ 
mittee has selected for the coming 
year.” He read them off. “Okay, 
let’s vote. First, for president. All 
in favor of ” 

Pandemonium broke loose. Sev¬ 
eral members of the audience 
jumped out of their chairs, waving 
their arms and shouting. 

“Point of order! Mr, Chairman!” 

“Mr. Chairman, I protest!” 

“Point of information! Point of 
information!’* 

The chairman gavelled them into 
silence. “You’re out of order. As 
I was saying, all those in favor 
of ... ” 

“Point of order! A point of order 
always takes precedence.” 

“So does a point of information. 
Point of information! Point of in¬ 
formation!” 

The chairman was exasperated. 
“Well, make up your minds. What 

do a you want, a point of order or a 
point of information?” 

“Either!” 

“Both!” 

The chairman turned to the par¬ 
liamentarian. “Does a point of 
order take precedence over a point 
of information, or is it the other 
way around?” 

The parliamentarian put on his 
glasses thoughtfully and said, “I 
don’t know?” 

“What do we do now?” muttered 
the chairman. 

“Put it to a vote!” cried several 
voices. 

“Okay, if you want to be chil¬ 
dish.” said the chairman. “But bear 
in mind that we’re supposed to be 
conducting an election. All those 
in favor of a point of order taking 
precedence over a point of infor¬ 
mation, say ‘aye’.” 

“Aye!” 

“Opposed?” 

“No!” 

“Now, all those in favor of it the 
other way around.” 

“Aye!” 

“No!” 

“Carried,” said the chairman, and 
slammed down his gavel. “Now, 
For the office of president, all 
those in favor of ” 

“Mr. Chairman, I demand to 
make a statement.” The man who 
had leaped to his feet was visibly 
quivering with indignation. 

“All right, get it off your chest,” 
said the chairman wearily. “But 
it doesn’t matter what you say, 
you’re out of order.*’ 

The indignant man spoke: “In 
the first place, Mr. Chairman, this 
meeting has not been called to 
order; the minutes of the last 
meeting have not been read; nei¬ 
ther have there been any reports 
from committee chairmen, any old 
business or new business. Accord¬ 
ing to the by-laws, all of these 
are supposed to precede the elec¬ 
tion of officers.” 

The chairman asked the parlia¬ 
mentarian “Is he right?” 

The parliamentarian consulted 
the by-laws and nodded. 

“Furthermore.” said the indig¬ 
nant man, “Before the election of 
officers it is necessary to ask for 
nominations from the floor. This 
has not been done.” 

“If that’s the way you feel,” 
snapped the chairman. “Why bo¬ 
ther having a nominations com¬ 


mittee at all? I never asked for the 
the job.” 

Encouraging cries from the au¬ 
dience of: “You're all right! Noth¬ 
ing personal! Don’t take offense!” 

The chairman cleared his throat. 
“First of all, let me thank you for 
your very fine statement. I think 
I can truthfully say you’ve given 
us all some food for thought. And 
now that you’ve had your say, I 
hope you’ll be fair-minded enough 
not to attempt to monopolize the 
discussion. Let us now complete 
the election of officers.” 

“All those in favor of the candi¬ 
dates whose names have been se¬ 
lected by your nominating com¬ 
mittee?” 

Shouts of “aye!” 

“Opposed?” 

Shouts of “no!” 

“The ayes have it.” 

“Mr. Chairman, I demand a divi¬ 
sion of the house!” 

Everyone whispered to everyone 
else, “What’s that?” 

The chairman asked the parlia¬ 
mentarian, and the parliamentar¬ 
ian shrugged. 

I heard someone say, “A division 
of the house means they want him 
to count the votes,” but no one paid 
any attention. 

The audience began yelling again 
about points of order and points of 
information, the chairman told 
them again that they were out of 
order, and I left wondering wheth¬ 
er the time had come for me to 
switch to the Vegetarian Party. 
(December 2, 1965) 

From “Our Neighbors” 

The “ little events” that give 
meaning to our lives are ably 
captured in a few lines of the 
column “ Our Neighbors” written 
for 17 years by Elaine Skolnik. 

Swarming around an ice cream 
truck down at the Center last week 
were crowds of youngsters - stret¬ 
ching their hands out for some free 
ice cream. The $45 treat was on a 
very generous Marine who recent¬ 
ly returned from Vietnam. He pre¬ 
ferred to remain anoymous, but 
the kids of Greenbelt want to say 
“thank you.” (June 3, 1978) 

From Don MacLean’s column in 
the Washington Daily News comes 
this item about a well-known 
Greenbelter: “If reader Jim Smith 
doesn’t make a million dollars 
someday, I’ll be very surprised. The 
men’s a genius, Mr. Smith . . . has 
figured out a way to put squirrels 
to work . . . To clean the leaves 
out of his roof he bought $2 worth 
of walnuts and tossed them up on 
the house. They rolled into the gut¬ 
ters, and the squirrels, looking for 
them eagerly, scratched and kicked 
the leaves away.’ (Feb. 27, 1969) 
According to the June 27 issue 
of the Keesler News, Biloxi, Missis¬ 
sippi, the world’s wildest letter was 
claimed by Airman Alan Levine. 
The 24-year old native of 37G 
Ridge, received the 205-foot letter 
from his “sister, nine friends and 
a canary’ shortly before arriving at 
Lackland Air Forse Base, Texas. 
Written on 2*4 inch calculator tape, 
the letter, which includes cartoons 
in full color, and a hole, is surely 
one of the most condensed an air¬ 
man has ever received. However 
it took him two hours and 15 mm- 
uates to read it and “‘Lord knows 
how long to roll it up.” (July 17 1969) 
Steve Folkee and George Math¬ 
ews painted a sign more than 75 
feet in length to take to the Wash- 
ington-Oakland baseball game, 
September 30 at Kennedy Stadium. 
It was the longest sign ever 
brought to the stadium. It said 
‘“Don’t be slow, Hondo, show Reg¬ 
gie you can go! go! go!” The sign 
was shown over TV and the boys 
and Mr. Mathews, who took them, 
were also televised. After the 
game the boys met their hero, who 
signed his autograph for them, 
stating. “Good Luck, Frank ‘Hon¬ 
do’ Howard.” (Sept. 4, 1969) 

When councilman Dick Pilski 
recounted a story at the Annual 
City Employee Awards Dinner a- 
bout a “bull’ roaming about the 
Golden Triangle, I was skeptical. 
But believe it or not, it’s a fact! 
About three weeks ago a heifer in 
some mysterious manner made its 
way to the 52-acre site. Speculation 
is that the animal fell from a pas¬ 
sing truck. Unfortunately, the heif¬ 
er met its demise when it ventured 
out on to the highway and was hit 
by a car. (Dec. 3, 1970) 


Editorials We Remember 


The News Review has taken editorial stands on many topics 
during its lifetime . We have not always been right, our views 
have not always been shared by the citizenry , but here are a few 
positions we have taken that we are proud of. 


Looking Forward 

Twice within the last month Greenbelt residents have demonstrated 
a quality of far-sightedness that has continually marked the community’s 
history. In the greater interest of the entire community, a majority of 
Greenbelters have voluntarily chosen to tax themselves to provide a better 
place to live in. 

The first occasion was the favorable vote on the $950,000 city bond 
issue, which is expected, to cost the equivalent of 15 cents per $100 
assessed value on the tax rate. The second was the vote of Greenbelt 
Homes, Inc., home-owners to raise their monthly charges 10 percent so 
that a full-scale, long-range capital improvement program could be 
initiated. 

What a contrast with the situation reported in Youngstown, Ohio, 
where the city has been unable to get the voters to approve a tax levy in 
support of the schools since 1963. As a consequence, the schools there were 
forced to close for a month. And, according to the press, hardly anybody 
showed up at the next school board meeting to protest the closing. 

Can you imagine Greenbelters reacting like that? 

(December 26, 1968) 

The Next Step 

In the accompanying columns of the News Review 7 there is reprinted 
in full a Business Week article on the fate of Greenbelt (along with an¬ 
other model town). Taking a rather pessimistic viewpoint, the article 
gives several reasons why Greenbelt has not lived up to its expectations. 

The basic failure, the article says, is that the town “could not build 
the necessary greenbelt or buffer zone, which would limit growth, con¬ 
tain urban sprawl, and give the new (town) definition. . . . The town has 
never controlled decisions about the land it occupied, with zoning left 
to the commissioners of notoriously easy-going Prince Georges County. . . . 
Easy access lured apartment developers, and today Old Greenbelt is 
slowly being surrounded by groves of apartments rather than trees.” 

We do not think it is too late to reverse this trend. Up to now we have 
been fighting a rearguard action, securing postponements in zoning deci¬ 
sions, and purchasing certain crucial but small parcels of land which, if 
developed, would have presented the most flagrant abuse of the “planned 
community” concept. 

Now is the time for us to strike out boldly and imaginatively. Much of 
the 230-acre buffer along the north and east part of “old Greenbelt” is 
still undeveloped. The city council has already proposed to the planning 
agencies reevaluation of the use of these areas. Let us now seriously con¬ 
sider the costs and problems that would be involved in city acquisition of 
all or parts of this land (parcels 1 and 2). Perhaps Federal and State 
“open-space” grant money will be available. 

As the Business Week article implies, as long as that land is not 
owned by the city, decisions on its development will be out of the city's 
control and no one can foresee what the next shift in political winds will 
bring. 

Let us not be afraid to put our money where our hearts are. 

(February 4, 1971) 


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GREEN BELT NEWS REVIEW 


Thursday, November 30, 1972 


Anatomy 

On July 18, 1966 the Greenbelt News Review was hit with a 
$2,000,000 libel suit initiated by a local real estate developer, 
Charles S. Bresler , who was a member of the State legislature and 
also a candidate for the post of Maryland State Comptroller at the 
time. The suit's main charge was that the newspaper had published 
defamatory remarks made against Bresler by citizens at public 
sessions of the Greenbelt city council in October, 1965. The remarks 
were directed to a proposal of Bresler’s that had sought city sup¬ 
port for rezoning for apartments a large tract of laiid (parcels 1. 
and 2.) he and his associates owned, in exchange for selling to the 
city another tract (parcel 15), f avoided by the city for a senior high 
school site. A Prince Georges county jury in January, 1968 found 
the lemarks libelous and a $17,500 judgment awarded Bresler 
was later affirmed by the Maryland Court of Appeals in May , 1969. 

The case was successfully appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court 
ichich unanimously reversed and vacated the judgment in May, 
1970. The nation's highest court ruled that the News Review was 
performing its wholly legitimate function as a community news¬ 
paper when it published full reports of these public debates in its 
news columns 

The articles on this page are taken from the News Review files 
and depict the major events in the libel suit. 

Chas. Bresler Files $2,0§§,00O 
Suit Against Hews Review 

A suit asking $2,000,000 in damages has been filed by Charles 
Bresler, local developer, against the Greenbelt News Review and 
its president, Alfred M. Skolnik. The suit quoted excerpts from 
three news stories, two headlines, three letters to the editor, and 
two editorials over a 9-month period as being printed “without 
reasonable justification or excuse.” 

The quoted material for the most 


part dealt with Bresler’s trans 
actions -and negotiations with the 
city council and county school 
board regarding his land holdings. 

The suit, filed by Bresler’s at¬ 
torney Abraham Chasanow, on July 
18, in the Prince Georges Circuit 
Court charges the newspaper with 
publishing material that exposed 
Bresler to “public scorn, hatred, 
contempt, disgrace and ridicule” 
and degraded him “in the esteem 
or opinion of the residents of the 
City of Greenbelt and the State of 
Maryland and elsewhere.” 

The suit further said that the 
material was published for the pur 


pose of imputing to Bresler “the 
commission of the crime of black¬ 
mail” and “corrupt and dishonest 
motives in his dealings with City, 
County and State officials and 
others.” 

The suit claims that such action 
injured Bresler in his business 
reputation and occupation and in 
his financial credit and transac¬ 
tions. 

The News Review has engaged 
David Reich of the District and 
Maryland bar and the firm of 
Royall, Koegel, and Rogers of New 
York and Washington, D.C. to de¬ 
fend the action. 

—July 28, I960 


News Review Loses Libel Suit, 
Jury Sets $17,500 Damages 

by Harry Zubkoft' 

Developer Charles Bresler won his libel suit against the 
greenbelt News Review , instituted in July 1966, when an Up- 
SfL ^ rl , bo ^° jury found newspaper and its president, Al- 
d S k° lmk > guiity of libel, and ordered $17,500 damages to 
*.u° A glum group of Greenbelters wit¬ 

nessed the closing moments of the trial which has gripped 
the community’s interest during the past week. 

Alter 5 days of testimony and-- 

arguments before Circuit Judge existed a strong connection be- 
Robert B. Mathias, the trial ended tween Skolnik and the News Re- 
on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan- view » the Citizens For a Planned 
uary 9, The jury deliberated for Greenbelt (CFPG) and Greenbelt 
about three hours before reaching Homes, Inc., as well as members 
its verdict. Finding fm- tv,,. of the Citv Council and nt-hars 


£1 verdict. Finding for the plain 

Charles Hresler a 
77 of $17,500 - $5,000 in compen¬ 
satory damages and $12,500 in pu¬ 
nitive damages. The defendant 


of the City Council and others. 
Two years ago, it was asserted, 
CFPG organized a fund-raising 
drive to finance legal actions; the 
money was later used in a lawsuit, 


Air j fit, defendant J 111 

Airred Skolnik heard the verdict in which a nu ^ber of Greenbelt 

Calmlv. hut lMaii’c t> _* _ Q ro tniino’ fVovnnirno 


calmly, but News Review parti- 

courtro the audience of hushed 
courtroom were visibly shocked. 

The newspaper corporation was a 

arzSt* i "- - — 

h fl ^ U nh el f ° r the p!aintif f, Abra¬ 
ham Chasanow, had based his case 

ITnTth ° n th<i ChSrge that Sk °hhk 

and the newspaper had spearhead- 
n? % community-wide effort to dis- 

th^ tv, l SlCr ' n Greenbe] t, and 
that they had knowingly and with 


residents are suing for damages 
and in which Bresler and Chasa¬ 
now are defendants. 

Moreover, he said, in reporting 
on two City Council meetings, the 
News Review had quoted local citi¬ 
zens who had, in effect, character¬ 
ized Bresler’s proposals to Coun¬ 
cil as “blackmail.” By imputing 
this serious crime to the plaintiff, 
Chasanow charged, the newspaper 
had damaged his reputation. Clark, 
on the other hand, did not argue 


malice nuhliohoH * , . 7 Wltn on the other hand, did not argue 

about the plaintiff* 1 ^ m ^ ormation that the charge of blackmail was 
attempt to damao- U* & de **kerate true, but attempted to make clear 
C a reputation, that the term “blackmail”, as used 

counsels for the defer, ^7’^ ^ elch> in the context of the articles in 
gued that tho f nse ' had ar ~ question, did not imply any crim- 

Ser nuhli^ „ ******** about inal charge, 
rsresier published by the News Re- 

yew represented fair comment .a- Ciark noted there was wide corn- 
bout his public dealings as a land munit y concern about Bresler’s ac- 
developer in Greenbelt. Further- tivities in connection with land 
more, they argued that Bresler was develo P ment Greenbelt. Expres- 
a public figure, and newspaper sions of this concern at cit y coun¬ 
comments about him were within cd meetin & s » be said, were faith- 
the Constitutional guarantee of fully re P° rted in the Paper, 
fieedom of the press. Chasanow’s summation, in addi- 

According to Chasanow, there tion to listing the charges* also in- 



a Libel Suit 


U.S. Supreme Court Reverses 
News Review Libel Judgment 


In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the U. S. Supreme Court on Mon¬ 
day, May 18, reversed the $17,500 libel judgment against the 
Greeiibelt A T eu?s Review awarded to local developer Charles S. 
Bresler as the result of a Prince Georges Circuit Court jury verdict 
in January, 1968. The verdict had been upheld by the Maryland 
Court of Appeals in May, 1969. 


The main issue in the case in¬ 
volved the publication by the News 
Review of remarks made by citi¬ 
zens at two city council meetings 
in October, 1965 which character¬ 
ized as “blackmail” a proposal of 
the developer that sought city sup¬ 
port for rezoning. 

Bresler’s attorney, Abraham Cha¬ 
sanow, maintained that the articles 
imputed to Bresler “the commis¬ 
sion of the crime of blackmail” 
and were published because the 
paper bore hostility toward Bres¬ 
ler. 

In the decision rendered by Jus¬ 
tice Potter Stewart, the court held 
“that as a matter of constitutional 
law, the word ‘blackmail’ in these 
circumstances was not slander 
when spoken, and not libel when 
reported in the Greenbelt News 
Review.” The court referred to 
the fact that Bresler’s negotiations 
with the city were a subject of 
substantial concern to all who 
lived in the community and had 
evoked substantial controversy and 
heated debates. 

Publishing Reports Legitimate 

Justice Stewart agreed with the 
argument put forward by the news¬ 
paper’s attorney, Roger A. Clark, 
that the newspaper was “perform 
ing its wholly legitimate function 
as a community newspaper when 
it published full reports of these 
public debates in its news col 
limns.” To hold otherwise, the 
high court said, “would subvert 
the most fundamental meaning of 
a free press.” 

With respect to the word “black¬ 
mail,” Stewart said, “ it was simply 
impossible to believe” that the ar¬ 
ticles could be read as charging 


Bresler with a crime. “Even the 
most careless reader,” the Justice 
continued, “must have perceived 
that the word was no more than 
rhetorical hyperbole, a vigorous 
epithet used by those who consi¬ 
dered Bresler’s negotiating posi¬ 
tion extremely unreasonable.” 

Stewart noted that the articles 
published in the News Review 
were accurate, full, and truthful 
reports of what had been said at 
the public hearings before the city 
council. 


Instructions to Jury 
In reversing the judgment the 
court held that the instructions to 
the jury constituted an “error of 
constitutional magnitude.” To de¬ 
fine “malice,” as the trial judge 
did, to include “spite, hostility, or 
deliberate intention to harm” Jus¬ 
tice Stewart said, was contrary to 
the New York Times rule. 

The New York Times rule pre¬ 
cludes recovery in libel suits by 
public officials and public figures 
except where they can prove that 
a false and defamatory statement 
was made with knowledge that it 
was false or with reckless disre¬ 
gard of whatever it was false or 
not. 

K 

—May 21, 1970 



The newspaper’s attorney, Roger A. Clark, displaying the plaques 
(with the help of Elaine Skolnik) that were presented to him at a 
testimonial dinner on April 29, 1972 by the Greenbelt News Review 
and the Greenbelt Freedom of the Press Committee for his suc¬ 
cessful defense of the principle of freedom of the press before the 
Supreme Court. At far left is his wife, Kate Clark, and at the far 
right is News Review President A1 Skolnik. —May 4, 1972 


Md. Court of Appeals Sustains 
Judgment in News Review Suit 

A unanimous Maryland Court of Appeals on Friday, May 2, 
affirmed the $17,500 libel judgment awarded local developer 
Charles S. Bresler against the Greenbelt News Review in a Janu- 
aiy 1968 Prince Georges Circuit Court jury verdict. 

The appellant News Review had 


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argued that the word “blackmail 
was an expression of opinion used 
in a non-criminal, colloquial sense 
to mean the exercise of pressure, 
but Judge Wilson K. Barnes, who 
wrote the opinion for the five- 
man Court of Appeals, said that 
the intended meaning was for the 
jury to determine. “The charging 
of Mr. Bresler with having com¬ 
mitted blackmail could be found 
by the jury (as it was) that he 
was charged with the commission 
of a crime,” he said. 

Judge Barnes rejected the appel¬ 
lant's argument that the “black¬ 
mail” articles were constitutionally 
protected because they were accur- 
rate reports of what was said dur¬ 
ing official public meetings of the 
Greenbelt city council regarding a 
public proposal of great interest to 

eluded his view of the News Re¬ 
view’s financial resources. In case 
the jury was worried about the 
paper's ability to pay damages, he 
declared, it should note that the 
News Review r was richer than the 
metropolitan papers (the Washing¬ 
ton Post and the Washington Star) 
since it was able to give the paper 
away free to 4,000 residents of the 
community each week. Based on 
a price of ten cents a copy, he 
reckoned, the 200,000 copies given 
away each year added up to about 
$20,000 given away by the paper 
each year. 

—January 11, 1968 


the community. The court ruled 
that the Federal constitutional pro¬ 
tection provided by the New York 
Times rule did not apply since 
there was “credible evidence” from 
which the jury could find that the 
newspaper published the articles 
with actual knowledge of the fal¬ 
sity of the charge of the commis¬ 
sion of the crime of blackmail. 

The court concluded that “there 
were sufficient facts to indicate to 
the jury an affirmative hostility, a 
personal animus against Bresler and 
a desire on the part of the publish¬ 
ers of the News Review to injure 
his reputation and standing in the 
Greenbelt area through the use of 
false charges.” The Court of Ap~ 
peols also found no prejudicial er¬ 
ror in the rulings and charge of 
the trial court. 

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Thursday, November 30, 1972 


GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW 


Page 5A 


Anatomy of a Libel Suit (Continued) 


Wedded to the News Review: 
Alfred and Elaine Skolnik 

by Dorothy Sucher 

Editor's Note : For the staff of the News Review, the last five 
years were dominated by the libel suit, ivhich absorbed all the ener¬ 
gies we had to spare. By far the greatest share of the burden was 
borne by our Board President, Al Skolnik, and his wife , Elaine. 
Since the character of their leadership was so important to us during 
this period, we felt that this special issrie was the natural place to 
acknowledge it with a story about these two remarkable people. 

This suggestion was not well received by the Skolniks, who 
have always disliked persoyial publicity. The Board nevertheless 
decided to override their objection because of our feeling that such 
a story was appropriate at this time; even more, that it would be a 
distortion to omit it. 

Some people have a religion. The Skolniks have the News 
Review. 

Crammed into their cheerful, spotless GHI house is a complete 
back file, in multiple, of the News Review. This is Alfred Skolnik’s 
answer to the high cost of fire insurance; the News Review cannot 
afford to insure its office. Skolnik is archive-minded. When they 
drop the Bomb he will expire fretting that the files of the news¬ 


paper were in the target zone. 

Even Elaine Skolnik rebels 
against keeping 5,000 old newspa 
pers under the tea towels, but it 
doesn't help. Her husband, a man 
utterly without small talk, is a deha 
ter of massive obstinacy on the 
subjects that interest him. His 
knowledge of Greenbelt’s history is 
encylopedic and his memory phe¬ 
nomenal. Al is a walking morgue 
(newspaper morgue, that is). 

Conservative Crusader 

No one could be more unlike the 
popular idea of a crusading journ¬ 
alist than Skolnik. “Al is a deeply 
conservative liberal/’ says one of 
the newspaper’s 40 former editors. 
"‘He always starts by saying: ‘It’s 
too strong. Can’t we tone it down?”’ 
Skolnik deplores controversy, loves 
compromise, and recoils from sensa 
tionalism of any kind. He is. never 
happier than when lack of space 
compels the editor to omit the police 
news. Imperceptibly, idealism and 
stubbornness enmeshed him in the 
four year conflict that was the libel 
suit. 

Al Skolnik became the unsalaried 
president of the Greenbelt Cooper¬ 
ative Publishing Co., publishers of 
the News Review, in 1959 and has 
been reelected every year. A native 
of New Jersey who has lived in 
Greenbelt for 20 years, he is chief of 
a research branch in the Social 
Security Adminstration and holds 
a Ph.D., in political science. 

A neighbor persuaded the Skol¬ 
niks to join the staff of the News 
Review in 1955 and for a few years 
Skolnik covered meetings as a re¬ 
porter. His wife began to write the 
column, "Our Neighbors/’ which is 
still a popular feature. 

Early Hardships 

When Skolnik become president 
in 1959, the News Review was on 
the brink of the grave. Advertisers 
had quit, the morale of the shrink¬ 
ing staff was low, and the paper’s 
indebtedness to the printer was 
growing greater every week. The 
Skolniks tried a door-to-door fund 
drive, followed by a second in 1960; 
they also solicited ads. To their re¬ 
lief, these campaigns were success¬ 
ful enough to make additional fund 
drives unnecessary (until the law¬ 
suit came along). 

The News Review gradually took 
over their lives, until now Elaine 
Skolnik says: “I don’t think I could 
ever give it up/’ 

Nor could her husband. “Al would 
do anything for the News Review,” 
she says. “If the kids wanted him 
to take them someplace . . , well, 
maybe. But he’d travel miles to 
pick up the Pepco ad for the paper 
when it doesn’t come in time.’’ 

“Al’s not the kind of guy to get 
involved with the average organi¬ 
zation. He doesn’t go in for chit¬ 
chat. With Al, there’s got to be a 
purpose. He’s very concerned about 
'Greenbelt and about who is pro¬ 
tecting the public interest. He 
thinks the public interest should 
be dominant over private interests. 
I’m echoing his words.” 

Al believes strongly in freedom 
of the press. “What people often 
forget,” he says, “is that freedom 
of the press means not just the 
newspaper’s right to publish without 


harassment or intimidation, but 
also the citizen’s right to express 
liis views.” 

That is why he stresses so much 
the role of the newspaper in pro¬ 
viding a forum for the exchange of 
views. “We have a liberal policy on 
printing letters to the editor. We 
feel this is very necessary. As re¬ 
porters, we can strive to avoid 
errors, but we are only human, If 
any person feels that he is not 
given a fair shake in the news¬ 
paper’s columns or feels that the 
issues have not been presented 
fairly, we urge him to use the 
Letters to the Editor column.” 

Zoning and Gossip 

As for Elaine Skolnik, she is at¬ 
tractive and very feminine; few 
can resist her warmth and friend¬ 
liness, Underneath a fluffy manner 
she is shrewd, skeptical and tire¬ 
less in research. She has developed 
into an expert on the local zoning 
and sewage morass and an able 
reporter. “It’s funny how you can 
think something’s so boring until 
you get into it,” she comments. 
The style of her gossip column may 
run to over-the-fence chat, but her 
news stories stick to essentials. 

A veteran leader of civic cam¬ 
paigns and switchboard operator 
for the local grapevine, Elaine 
seems to know everybody in Green¬ 
belt. To quote three women who 
know her well: “No matter how 
much she disagrees with you, she 
never gets nasty; she’s a lady”; 
“Elaine’s the most remarkable 
woman I know”; and “I think she 
ought to get the Pulitzer prize.” 

Some of the domestic repercus¬ 
sions of the lawsuit pained her. 
“I was always racing around to 
Marlboro or Washington — where- 
ever work had to be done for our 
lawyers. Consequently, the children, 
who were used to having me at 
home, had a lot of adjusting to do, 
and I had a lot of guilt feelings. 
As for my mother?” she said. “Her 
reaction was unprintable. She 
thought I was fading away.” 
(Elaine’s weight hovers around 102 
pounds and she lost ten pounds 
during the lawsuit.) 

Taking a Stand 

When Elaine was a coed study¬ 
ing occupational therapy at New 
York University, the last thing she 
imagined she’d ever And herself 
doing was newspaper work. “I 
never liked controversy and when 
there was an argument, I’d run in 
the other direction,” she said. “I 
still don’t like to argue, but the 
News Review has taught me you 
have to take a stand. It’s given 
more substance to life. 

“I love Greenbelt. You either like 
it or you don’t. Some people find 
the entrance depressing, the clothes¬ 
lines and frame homes unsightly. I 
never felt that way. They’re part 
of the scene along with the trees, 
the parkland, and the wonderful 
recreational facilities a kid can 
walk to in safety. 

“Greenbelt is a way of life—that’s 
why I’m interested in zoning and 
the environment. Years ago there 
were few to defend the public. For¬ 
tunately, this is no longer the case — 
there are many now to carry the 
‘Greenbelt will never give up’ ban¬ 
ner. I remember when, in the mid- 


Community Gives Support 

The impact of the libel suit was not limited to the News Re- 
view. The community itself was outraged, for it saw a threat not 
only to the newspaper's freedom to report the activities of a public 
figure, but also to the public's right to know, to be kept informed 
of a public controversy that was being generated by his activities . 
Within a week , a Greenbelt Freedom of the Press Committee was 
organized, chaired by Charles S. Schwan and Albert K. Her ling, 
to raise money for the newspaper's defense. When the News Re¬ 
view lost in the lower court, the Freedom Committee launched a 
successful drive to collect $20,000 to cover the judgment while 
the case was appealed to the higher court. Altogether, the com¬ 
munity contributed over $30,000 and it was this evidence of com¬ 
munity support that sustained the newspaper during the 4-year 
legal struggle. 


COMMITTEE IS FORMED 
TO SOLICIT FUNDS FOR 
NEWS REVIEW LAW SUIT 

A Greenbelt Freedom of the 
Press Committee has been formed 
as a result of the $2,000,000 libel 
suit filed by land developer Charles 
S. Bresler against the Greenbelt 
News Review and its president, 
Alfred M. Skolnik. The Committee 
will solicit and collect funds inside 
and outside of Greenbelt to as¬ 
sist the defendants in meeting legal 
and other expenses incurred in con¬ 
nection with the suit. 

The Committee is asking that 
contributions be mailed or deposit¬ 
ed to the Committee’s account at 
Twin Pines Savings and Loan As¬ 
sociation. 105 Centerway. 

The Committee will also conduct 
a door-to-door campaign for funds. 

— August 4, 1966 


Fight For Freedom 

Have you ever thought of what it 
would be like to open your front 
door Thursday nights and find no 
News Review resting on the step? 
True, this happens once in a while 
when the newsboy is sick or makes 
a mistake, but then you can always 
pick up an extra copy at Twin 
Pines. 

But if the News Review' were to 
cease publishing, and the doorstep 
were empty every Thursday night, 
think of the vacuum that would 
exist. How would we know of ac¬ 
tions City Council took, of decisions 


made by the GHI board, of elub 
meetings to be held, of swimming 
lessons registration — of a million 
and one things that make up the 
unique fabric of our lives in Green¬ 
belt? 

Let us not wait to see what our 
city would be like without our pre¬ 
cious newspaper, which incidental 
ly is free. Give generously to the 
News Review Legal Defense Fund 
(or Freedom of the Press Drive as 
it is also known) when the collec¬ 
tor comes to your door. The News 
Review fights for your freedom 
to know — let us fight for its free¬ 
dom to live. 


Escrow Fund Being Collected 
To Back News Review Appeal 

About 130 persons, attending a public meeting hastily called 
by the Greenbelt Freedom of the Press Committee on Friday, 
January 12, at the Greenbelt Municipal Building, voted unanim¬ 
ously to support the News Review in appealing its libel verdict. 
They also voted to set up an escrow fund made up of voluntary 
contributions, to serve as security for the $17,500 judgment 
against the News Review while the case is under appeal. 

In case the appeal is successful, ”.^-' ” 1 .. 

collection of the required $17,500 
into the escrow fund, within the 
30 days allowed for the filing of 
an appeal. 


all money contributed to the es¬ 
crow' fund, it was announced, would 
be returned with interest. In urg¬ 
ing citizens to contribute to the es¬ 
crow fund, the Committee said, 
“Seldom in our lifetimes are we 
privileged to make a direct contri¬ 
bution to protect one of our basic 
freedoms — freedom of the press. 
This is not just the News Review’s 
right to report the news, but your 
right to be kept fully informed on 
what is going on in the communi¬ 
ty.” 

The meeting ended with the set¬ 
ting up of a committee to organ¬ 
ize the fund raising, especially the 

PressTEscrow Fund 
Available for Refunds 


At the meeting itself, close to 
$12,000 was pledged for the escrow 
fund. 

—January 18, 1968 


—June 29, 1967 

Gaia Dance Is Planned 
For N-R Appeal Fund 

A gala dance affair to raise funds 
for the appeal of the $17,500 libel 
judgment against the Greenbelt 
News Review’ was approved at last 
Friday’s Freedom of the Press ral¬ 
ly in Center School. According to 
plans announced by subcommittee 
chairman Edwin Ross, the dance 
will be held at the Greenbelt Ar¬ 
mory on Saturday evening, May 11. 

The dance is one of many activ¬ 
ities the subcommittee is consider 
mg to raise the estimated $10,000 
needed to cover the costs of carry¬ 
ing an appeal to the higher courts. 

About 100 persons attending the 
Friday meeting also voted unani¬ 
mously to advise the newspaper to 
file an appeal. 

—February 1, 1968 


As Others Viewed It 

While the U. S. Supreme Court decision of May 1970 had an 
immediate impact on the News Review because it relieved the 
newspaper of a $17,500 libel judgment, outside sources saw a 
greater significance from the standpoint of freedom of the press . 
Given below are some views of the decision excerpted from the 
Nation's news media: 


The Greenbelt Freedom of the 
Press Committee disbanded of¬ 
ficially last week with the an¬ 
nouncement that the $20,000 col¬ 
lected in the Freedom of the Press 
Escrow Fund in connection with 
the News Review libel case is now 
available for refund to contributors 
with interest. Contact should be 
made directly with Twin Pines Sav¬ 
ings and Loan Association, custo¬ 
dian of the funds. 

Charles F. Schwan and Albert K. 
Herling, co-chairmen of the Free¬ 
dom of the Press Committee, joined 
the News Review’ staff in express¬ 
ing their deep appreciation to the 
community for the support given 
the principle of freedom of the 
press. 

They also wished to acknowledge 
the debt owed to the newspaper’s 
attorney, Roger A. Clark of the 
firm of Royal!, Koegel, and Wells, 
who successfully carried the case 
from the trial court to the U.S. 
Supreme Court on a volunteer 
basis. 

—August 27, 1970 


die 1960’s, we’d come home from 
Marlboro bloodied. Outside of 
Greenbelt we were known as nuts— 
oddballs. 

“If you were defending the public 
interest, you were crazy. The pen¬ 
dulum has been swinging the other 
way, perhaps not fast enough, but 
enough so that we no longer feel 
always on the losing end.” 


“The U. S. Supreme Court, reaffirming its commitment to free-wheeling 
debate on major issues, unanimously overturned yesterday the $17,500 
libel judgment ...” —Washington Post, May 19, 1970. 

“Newspapers won clearance from the Supreme Court today to report 
in full controversial public meetings even if ‘vigorous epithets’ are used 
against a public figure. . .The high court said the First Amendment pro¬ 
tects news articles even if hot words are used against an individual.” 

— The Evening Star, May 18, , 1970 

“The (Supreme Court) decision assured the press and broadcasters they 
cannot be held for libel for reporting free-swinging debate on public 
issues . . . The decision went on to say that the First Amendment strictly 
limits the scope of libel judgments so that the press may freely report 
issues of community concern without financial worry.” 

— AP release,, May 19, 1970 

“Montgomery County’s Charles Bresler has become an unwitting prin 
cipal in a Freedom of Information case which will he hailed by many as 
another long step forward in the continuing fight to maintain the right 
of citizens to freely speak out.” — Prince Georges Sentinel, May 21, 1970 

“The Supreme Court broadened the constitutional defenses of newsmen 
against libel suits today by ruling that the press cannot be held liable 
for reporting exaggerated charges leveled against public figures when it 
is clear that the accusations are ‘political hyperbole/ The ruling was 
another in a series of decisions by the Court in recent years to bolster 
the news media’s First Amendment protections . . . Today's decision placed 
a constitutional restriction on the traditional legal assumption that a 
person falsely accused of a crime may recover damages for defamation 
even without proof that he has suffered monetary loss because of the 
libel. The opinion concluded that when charges that technically amount 
to an accusation of crime are made during heated public debate the 
charges cannot constitutionally be the basis of a libel or slander judg¬ 
ment if it is clear that there was no intention to accuse anyone of criminal 
conduct.” — New York Times, May 19, 1970. 

“The United States Supreme Court, in a significant ruling that extends 
the concept of a free press, has held that newspapers cannot be held 
guilty of libel for accurately reporting heated debate among public figures 
on public issues. . , The High Court’s elaboration of the First Amend¬ 
ment does not give the press license to slander, smear or libel. It 
strengthens the right to report accurately what people are saying in a 
public debate without fear of being hounded by (those) who think they 
can silence the press by threat of legal action,” 

- Madison, Wise. Capital Times, May 20, 1970 








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Of Historical Interest 

Since its inception in 1937, the News Review has tried to serve 
as the unofficial historian of the community; its files are Green- 
belt’s archives, and they are consulted by researchers in various 
fields. Of historical interest during the last five years was the 
official designation by the county of three historical sites in Green- 
belt, as well as the retention of the name of Cipriano Road , which 
commemorates Joseph “Pop” Cipriano, a pioneer Greenbelt resi¬ 
dent. We reprint the following articles for the benefit of new¬ 
comers to Greenbelt. 

Indian Springs - 
An Inaccessible Site 


by Virginia Beauchamp 

To the several generations of 
Greenbelt children who have col¬ 
lected arrowheads at Indian 
Springs and held class picnics 
there June after June, the recent 
action of the MNCPPC in designa¬ 
ting Indian Springs as an histo¬ 
rical site will be gratifying. But to 
newcomers to the city—those who 
have moved to Greenbelt only 
within the last five years—the re¬ 
ference to Indian Springs may 
seem obscure. No class picnics are 
held there any longer; and though 
a couple of boys actually turned 
up arrowheads only two summers 
ago near the springs, they reached 
the place in a way remote from the 
habits of the Indians who first 
congregated there: they crawled 
through the storm sewer under the 
Beltway. 

This method of exploration may 
do, of course, for active and agile 
boys; but until another route is 
found for adults to use, Indian 
Springs as an historical site will 
exist only as a point on a map at 
MNCPPC headquarters. 

The springs, where tribes of In¬ 
dians held their council meetings, 
used to be reached from a winding 
path cutting south through the 
woods from the bridge at the out¬ 
let of the lake. But construction 
of the Beltway and the Beltway 
exits to and from Kenilworth have 
demolished virtually all of that 
ancient route. If one wants to tra¬ 
verse the muddy and bushy terrain 
of the Golden Triangle, entering 
either from Greenbelt Rd. or from 
Kenilworth, he can find the springs 
in a small piece of woodland left 
intact at the north end of the pro¬ 
perty, hard against the Beltway. 
The one and a half acre site which 
also includes the Walker cemetery 
(also to appear on the Commis¬ 
sion's historical map), was dedica¬ 
ted to the city as an arm of the 
lake park tract when the federal 
government sold its interest in the 
community. But construction of 
the Beltway destroyed the only ac¬ 
cess to the property across public 
land. 

What plans the present owners 
of the Golden Triangle may have 
for providing access to Indian 
Springs is unknown. For several 
years the remainder of the Golden 


Triangle property, which is zoned 
for commercial development, has 
been advertised for tenants. At 
such time as a subdivision plat is 
filed for development of the Gol¬ 
den Triangle tract, the city will 
require dedication of a right-of- 
way to Indian Sprngs. 

Until that time, it will belong 
only to little boys. 

February 26, 1970 

Retention of Cipriano 
Road Name Assured 

by Elaine Skolnik 

Cipriano Road, an historical 
landmark named after “Pop” Ci¬ 
priano, will not be renamed after 
all. This was the decision of the 
Prince Georges County Planning 
Board at its meeting on Jan 19. 
The Maryland National Capital 
Park and Planning Commission’s 
Technical Staff, in its efforts to 
solve the present confusion at the 
intersecting Cipriano, Good Luck 
and Telegraph Roads, had recom¬ 
mended that Cipriano Road be re¬ 
named Telegraph Road and thus 
reduce three road names to two. 

The Greenbelt City Council vig¬ 
orously opposed the renaming of 
Cipriano Road, which is located 
about a mile and a half east of 
the Baltimore-Washington Park¬ 
way opposite NASA. It felt that the 
road paid tribute to the man who 
was a pioneer in early road con¬ 
struction in this area. Objections 
to the change were also voiced by 
local citizens and state and county 
officials. 

“Pop” Cipriano, 92 years old, set¬ 
tled in this area in 1910. He bought 
100 acres of Glenn Dale Rd. (then 
known as Prince Garden Road). 
He was the moving force in mak¬ 
ing the road passable, using his 
own labor, and later in getting the 
county to open a two-mile stretch 
of the road, connecting the com¬ 
munities of Glenn Dale and 
Branchville for the first time. This 
was in 1932. A gala party was 
held, attended by many high offi¬ 
cials, who hailed this important 
link which cut the distance over 
improved roads from Branchville 
to Glenn Dale from 17 to 6 miles. 
January 22, 1970 


Greenbelt Included Among 
MNCPPC Historical Sites 


The Prince Georges County 
Planning Board has designated as 
historical sites the following 
Greenbelt locations: Indian >Springs, 
where Indian tribes held their 
conclaves prior to the arrival of 
the white man. Among the list of 
the local tribes to inhabit the area 
were the warlike Senecas and Sin- 
nehannas. Until recent years, arrow¬ 
heads were found in the woods. 

Walker Cemetery where revolu¬ 
tionary war figures, Isaac Walker 
and his son, Nathan, were buried. 
In 1756 Isaac Walker received a 
patent of land for 200 acres for 

SIDELIGHTS ON THE NEWS 

Incident 

GHI Manager Roy Breashears 
brought a member’s request be¬ 
fore the board, and Sehwan, look¬ 
ing desperately at the clock and 
hoping to refer the matter back 
to the manager for a decision, 
asked Breashears, Ts the mem¬ 
bers letter addressed to the 
board?” Unabashedly, Breashears 
replied, “No. It is addressed to 
Gentlemen’.” May 29, 1969 


the south-western portion of Green¬ 
belt. A descendant sold the proper¬ 
ty to the Federal Government 
when the town of Greenbelt was 
in the early planning stages. A 
monument was erected here by the 
DAR in 1938. 

City of Greenbelt, a development 
potentially historic by virtue of its 
having been the first experience by 
the Federal Government in provid¬ 
ing planned community housing 
for the low income level. Only the 
oldest portion of the town is of the 
original design. 

(Jan. 22, 1970) 


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Thursday, November 30, 1972 


Midsummer 

Madness 

(A controversy that seems to flare 
up every August in the Letters to 
the Editor column concerns the 
Miss Greenbelt pageant, an annual 
feature of The Labor Day Festival. 
We reprint a few representative 
comments.) 

In a letter to the editor recently 
published it seems that one Indi¬ 
vidual has the wrong impression 
and interpretation of the pageant 
and has emphasized SEX as the 
only qualificaton required for a 
girl to become a participant. In 
my articles in the newspapers, my 
interview on television, and as Mis¬ 
tress of Ceremonies in the intro¬ 
duction of the contestants each 
year SEX was never mentioned 
as one of the traits that the judges 
were to consider in making their 
decision . . . The only qualifications 
listed for the judges to consider 
are poise, beauty, personality, charm 
and appearance. 

(August 5, 1971) 

A recent letter staunchly defended 
the contest and rebuffed those who 
thought sex, or SEX, as the writer 
put it, was the only characteristic 
measured by the judges. She also 
stated that she received many phone 
calls after a letter denouncing the 
contest had been printed in the 
News Review. 

I really should have thought a- 
bout calling her. but I didn’t. Sex 
is a very important, even primary, 
characteristic that must be seen by 
the judges. 

There is absolutely no reason why 
this meat market must go on every 
year, and, even worse, involve 
people from Greenbelt. 

(August 26, 1971) 

As a former Miss Greenbelt I do 
not feel that entering the pageant 
and presenting myself before the 
public was immoral, but rather a 
rewarding and enriching experience 
— not because I won but because 
I met many wonderful girls, all of 
whom I’m sure enjoyed the event 
as much as I did. I also came in 
contact with many adults, not only 
festival officials but city and county 
officials as well. They too were 
wonderful and treated the girls 
with due respect. 

(August 26, 1971) 

The purposes of the Festival 


Queen contest have been questioned 
in the past, and it has been sugges¬ 
ted, by several civic groups, that the 
honoring of an outstanding Green¬ 
belt citizen, rather than the select¬ 
ion of a Queen, would be more in 
keeping with the actual purpose of 
the Labor Day Festival, We agree! 

If, instead, the Festival is com¬ 
mitted to honoring adolescence, 
then we, as an organization devoted 
to the achieving of full quality be¬ 
tween the sexes, suggest that a 


King also be selected, Using similar 
judging critria, the King should be 
in late adolescence, have a good 
complexion, regular features, be 
well muscled and have shoulders 
broader than hips, be able to sing 
or dance well, and have a brilliant 
smile. These suggested criteria, 
though given with tongue in cheek, 
should serve to highlight the fact 
that contests such as this are ul¬ 
timately demeaning to both sexes. 

(Aug. 24, 1972) 



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GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW 


Page 7A 


WE GET LETTERS 


Over the years, some of the 
most revealing insights into 
Greenbelt have been found in 
the Letters to the Editor col¬ 
umn. Here are a few examples : 

My husband and baby and I have 
been residents of Greenbelt only 
since last December, and now we 
■are moving to Minneapolis. How 
ever, before leaving, we did want 
to write to say how much we en 
joyed living here. Greenbelt is 
unique in its marvelous sense of 
community spirit, at least in our 
experience. We have enjoyed par¬ 
ticipating in this town’s activities 
and we hope someday to find a 
community as nice as Greenbelt. 

(August 8, 1968) 
Greenbelt is an established well 
planned community which I feel 
breeds good upbringing through the 
tine facilities and programs offer 
ed to all, but has it gone to the 
dogs? Some areas of town, maybe 
no, but other areas definitely yes. 

Whatever happened to the simp 
le rule of no pets? Or easier still 
4 logic says animals are in) what’s 
to prevent loud barking at night, 
and animals running astray, and 
general nuisance aspects in partic ¬ 
ular? 

I don’t know the answer, but it 
could and should be considered. 

(May 22, 1969) 
The Center Hill tunnel is being 
painted by (I guess) the Center 
School children. What a wonder¬ 
ful idea! Instead of the obsceni¬ 
ties that reigned since Halloween 
we have an enormous mouse on the 
ceiling (my favorite), the sun, earth, 
and moon, various school activities, 
and lions on either side of the en¬ 
trance. I hope this catches on and 
that every tunnel in Greenbelt (and 
everywhere) will be so graced. 

(May 29, 1969) 
I am a lonely flagpole. For over 
two years I have stood here but 
never a flag has flown from here. 

I am supposed to belong to all 
the GHI homeowners and renters. 
I represent, when the flag is flown, 
the patriotism of all the people in 
Greenbelt. I am only the flagpole. 
No good without a flag. The GHI 
board is the elected representatives 
of all the people. They ignore me 
completely. Management is not hir 
ed to put up a flag on a lonely pole. 

The board, T am told, is where 
the power of the people rests. How 
about it, board? Are you all too 


good or above doing the task of 
showing passersby that you love the 
flag and love your responsibilities 
to the community and to your 
country by flying the flag from me, 
a lonely and otherwise useless pole. 

Dont shirk your place in the sun 
by trying to give management a 
task that is yours and yours alone. 

Too busy. Sorry, I am very lone¬ 
ly without a flag to fly. 

The Flagpole of Hamilton Place 
(June 19, 1969) 
To bullet vote or not to bullet 
vote, that is the question. Whether 
’tis nobler in the mind to vote for 
only one man, and allow my other 
four votes to go uncast, or whether 
having suffered those famed “slings 
and arrows of outraged fortune” 
from my favorite “son” should I 
not choose another four council 
members, since it will indeed take 
more than one outraged fortune to 
decide council issues for the next 
two years. (September 11, 1969) 
We have met some wonderful 
people during our short stay here. 
I would like to take just a moment 
while my husband is busy packing 
(for our trip to California) to 
thank each and everyone of you, 
for your kindnesses, your friend¬ 
liness, your generosity and your 
enthusiasm for life in general. 

Greenbelt is like the last of the 
Leprechauns — it has a magic all 
its own in a town-type setting that 
is fast disappearing from this 
country. You Greenbelters may not 
always agree on the “how” but you 
certainly agree on the “whys” for 
a better community. You care! 
That’s the magic ingredient! 

Sound corny? Well, you’re a 
corny community caring went out 
of style years ago. 

(June 25, 1970) 
We were sitting in our yard en¬ 
joying the beauty of a spring Sun¬ 
day, when one of our out-of-town 
guests, a former Greenbelter visit¬ 
ing with his bride, spoke. 

“Remember when it was against 
the law in Greenbelt to hang wash 
on the line on Sunday?” 

All eyes turned in the direction 
he was looking to see a neighbor, 
in total disregard, hanging out the 
weekly wash. Immediately the 
beauty that can be Greenbelt on a 
spring Sunday afternoon, was spoil¬ 
ed. For the sake of his new wife 
who was seeing Greenbelt for the 
first time, he added. 

“And it was a good law too.” 


• • 

Why not respect the aesthetic 
sensibilities of our neighbors? Why 
insult their vision on Sunday when 
one does not normally hang out 
the wash? Rather let them enjoy 
the landscape on which much mon¬ 
ey and hard work have been spent. 
We, who wish to be proud of Green¬ 
belt, do not appreciate anyone or 
anything that makes it look like 
Shantytown, instead of the Green- 
town it was meant to be. Oh, for 
the early days in Greenbelt when 
this affront would be unlawful. 

(June 24, 1971) 


Has anyone noticed (amidst all 
the criticism of Greenbelt and 
GHI) that they are living in one 
of the prettiest cities in the area? 
A city full of flowering crabapple 
trees plus many others due to the 
foresight of Hans Jorgenson and 
the early board of Greenbelt 
Homes, Inc. and the city council 
of those middle ’50s. 

We’ve had foreign and out-of- 
town visitors during the last few 
weeks and we were proud to show 
them around the first planned 
community with its excellent city 
facilities and convenient location. 
After 26 years in Greenbelt I’m 
still proud to live here and proud 


of the many people who have made 
Greenbelt what it is today. 

(April 29, 1971) 

Have you strolled, jogged, or bik 
ed around the lake recently? If 
not, you are missing a stimulating 
experience. The bare trees are love¬ 
ly, and the cold air is good to 
breathe. 

As somewhat of a newcomer to 
Greenbelt I hold these moments as 
dear when I am near the lake. 
What is left of the natural habitat 
is refreshing. 

Those with ideas of making ster¬ 
ile changes please don’t — don’t 
rain on my parade! ! ! 

(Feb. 3, *972) 


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GREENBELT NEWS REVIEW 


Thursday, November 30, 1972 


Brickbats and Backpats 

“Newspapers, no matter how small 
an area their circulation covers, or 
how many people read them, are 
supposed to report facts. In or¬ 
der to report a story accurately, 
a reporter may have to go to sever¬ 
al sources before writing his story, 
to collect these facts. Obviously, 
this is not what one of your re¬ 
porters did prior to writing the 
article “Fire Damages Athletic 
Club”, which appeared in the Feb¬ 
ruary 20, 1969 issue. 

In the first paragraph of the 
article, there were several “facts” 
conveyed to the reader about the 
fire. In truth, the only accurate 
statements in the first paragraph 
were the ones stating where the 
fire was, and what night it occur¬ 
red ” 

(February 27, 1969) 

“Congratulations and thanks to 
your reporters for their very fair 
and accurate article on the Spring- 
hill Lake golf course. I hope it will 
restore a bit of reason to a contro¬ 
versy which has become terribly 
political and acrimonious. The peo¬ 
ple involved seem to wearing blind¬ 
ers, hiding from the facts they 
consider uncomfortable or incon¬ 
venient. It won’t work ” 

(January 28, 1971) 

“You are so blinded by your un¬ 
holy search to find someone doing 
something wrong so that you can 
debase him, that you overlook as 
one of the truly top stories the 
more important facet of this story, 
namely the opening of the largest 
enclosed mall shopping center in 
Prince George’s County in your 
little City of Greenbelt. 

This news event, which was im¬ 
portant enough to be featured in 
many of the trade publications, 
realty newspapers and magazines 
all over the country, is relegated to 
oblivion and ignored, in favor of 
some ridiculous claim that some 
part of a Building Permit require¬ 
ment was not observed, by the pip¬ 
squeak Greenbelt News Review, 
whose readers get all of the advan¬ 
tages of this tremendous addition 
to their economy and status, be¬ 


cause it can’t see the good that is 
being done due to its unhealthy 
search for evil.” 

(January 18, 1972) 

“In response to Sidney Brown’s 
letter which was published in the 
January 13 edition of the News Re¬ 
view, I would like to applaud the 
News Review for putting your 
story on his “small erosion and pol¬ 
lution problem” in your list of “Top 
Ten Stories.” It’s not at all strange 
that Mr. Brown would myopically 
and condescendingly view your story 
as a disservice to him, the com¬ 
munity and journalism in general, 
or is it strange that Mr. Brown 
arrogantly refers to your small 
newspaper as ‘“pip-squeak,” that 
this small newspaper “can’t see the 
good that is being done due to its 
unhealthy search for evil,” or that 
your newspaper is “so blinded by 
your unholy search to find someone 
doing something wrong so that you 
can debase him ... ” 

(January 27, 1972) 

“I have been very busy defend¬ 
ing your style of reporting against 
the charge that it is an attempt to 
rewrite Greenbelt history. I have 
gone so far as to say that the City 
Council meetings have been so long 
that it is understandable for a re¬ 
porter to cut out a few quotes here 


NEWS REVIEW READERS 

Do Greenbelters read the News 
Review? Yes, according to a 
questionnaire put to voters dur¬ 
ing the city election in Septem¬ 
ber, 1970. The survey showed 
that 78% of local residents read 
the newspaper. 

This figure would have been 
much higher but for Sprtnghill 
Lake, where only 44% of the 
respondents read the News Re¬ 
view. In G.H.I. and single far- 
mlly areas, the percent of people 
who read the News Review was 
97% and 96% respectively. It 
should be noted that at Spring- 
hill Lake many residents indica¬ 
ted they didn’t get delivery of 
the News Review or that delivery 
was sporadic. The News Review 
has been aware of this situation 
and has taken steps to bring 
more complete delivery to resi¬ 
dents of Springhill Lake. 


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Last week’s account of the March 
20th council meeting held no jour¬ 
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were treated to words like “Spe¬ 
cious and fallacious . . ” 

(March 30, 1972) 


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